Kendrell Scurry didn’t have any elaborate reason for picking Tennessee on Tuesday night to be his future home. Sometimes a level of comfort comes over a recruit, and they pull the trigger.
“I just felt like it was the right choice,” Scurry told InsideTennessee. “My mom grew up being a UT fan and I just thought it was a smart idea and just wanted to be a Volunteer.
"The coaches were just very excited. They were happy. They were like, 'You're the leader of the 2019 class. Whoever you want to be recruited, we will recruit them.' It was just very exciting."
The Scout four-star wide receiver prospect, who grew up more of an Oregon Ducks fan because of the uniforms, had offers from Chattanooga, Jackson State and Toledo. He's the first player from the '19 class to give coach Butch Jones and staff his word that he will play for the Orange & White.
"It's an honor, honestly," Scurry said. "I feel like I'm pretty much the leader of the class for UT in 2019. I'm really happy. I'm just really excited to see who's next, who's next on board."
Scurry hails from the same Independence (Tenn.) High School that produced Vols defensive back and redshirt sophomore RaShaan Gaulden.
“He was my role model when I was in seventh grade,” Scurry said. “I still have a picture of us two when he was in high school actually. He was a guy I wanted to be like. I remember he was telling me, ‘Don’t try to be me, try to be better than me.’ He was just telling me what he does on the field and his mindset because I was just looking up at him at the time. I still think he’s a great player.”
The 6-foot-3 pass catcher provided Big Orange Country with a breakdown of what’s coming to Rocky Top.
“I’m getting my speed up; I feel like I’m fast,” Scurry said. “I feel like I’m fast. I run like a 4.58 40. I have really good hands. My routes are looking really nice. I have good separation. I know how to find holes in defenses. I know how to read defenses. I’m just a smart player. I might not be the fastest but definitely one of the smartest players out on the field. I’m really good in the classroom. I’m coachable. I love to play the game.”
Scurry got the scholarship offer from Tennessee back on April 25, learning about the opportunity via Independence coach Scott Blade after Tennessee coaches visited the mid-state school.
“I was so happy walking down the hallway, so excited,” Scurry said. “I was just excited. It was all rushing to my head. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know who to call. I was just excited.
“I love the orange. When I got my offer from Tennessee, the fan base was going crazy. It was just great. I just felt so good. Now, since I’m committed there and I live in Tennessee, it’s going to be even better."
The future Volunteer has not yet seen a gameday atmosphere in Knoxville. He figures to see a game at Neyland Stadium this fall.
“I haven’t. I’m dreaming to, I’m wanting to. I probably will go this season,” he said.
Independence travels to Overton High in Nashville on Thursday. Scurry will have the opportunity to match up against future Vol defensive back Theo Jackson.
"People think we're just going to be so bad this year. I just tell them, 'Believe what you want.' I don't give out no false information you know?" Scurry said.