Some complain that teenagers get scholarship offers at too young of an age. Others that if they don’t, then they’ll fall behind the rest of the pack for some top-shelf talent.
A budding blue chip recruit rests within state borders as Adonis Otey already has the watchful eye of college recruiters, including those at Tennessee.
The Blackman (Tenn.) High School freshman owns four scholarship offers with Jackson State, LSU, Tennessee and Vanderbilt having pulled the trigger. An opportunity to one day play in the Southeastern Conference means something to the Volunteer State standout.
“That’s great cause that’s like the best conference in the nation,” Otey told InsideTennessee. “Being able to play for them, that’d be good.”
The Vols offer came in January. When asked if any program has an advantage over the rest, Otey said, “no, not really.”
The Murfreesboro-based defensive back ventured east on Interstate-40 to watch Tennessee’s Orange & White game in Knoxville on April 16 and to take part in the Tennessee showcase at Alcoa High School the following day.
“The DBs, they were super competitive and they were just coming downhill every time they seen the ball coming,” Otey said.
Even though it’s years before the freshman would sign a National Letter of Intent, he’s quickly becoming educated about life on Rocky Top.
“I keep in contact with the coaches all the time,” Otey said.
“Every time I go up there, they’re waiting for me — (Bob) Welton, coach (Patrick) Abernathy and all them.”
Many prep-level defensive backs have ample praise for Vols rising senior cornerback Cameron Sutton. The mid-state talent is no different.
“That dude is amazing — his footwork, his aggressiveness, the way that he just plays the game, his leadership,” Otey said.
The talented, young prospect wasn’t raised wearing the colors of any particular programs or teams, but he did keep an eye on some of the best of the best at his position. Patrick Peterson, Richard Sherman and Jalen Ramsey were mentioned.
“I just watched certain teams, certain players growing up, especially with my dad having me doing that, trying to work on my game,” he said.