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5-star Trey Smith on Vols: 'I loved what I saw'

Not too many names remain on Tennessee's recruiting board for the 2017 cycle. However, Trey Smith is one coach Butch Jones & Co. would love to see in orange.

Trey Smith continues to educate himself before he makes a public declaration on what program gets his talents.

On Saturday, the Scout five-star offensive line prospect made his way back to Tennessee, watching the Volunteers come from behind to win 38-28 over Florida as part of a sellout crowd of 102,455.

Smith tends to make it a point on gameday visits to pay attention to the blocking schemes and the individual players at positions he may one day play. The Volunteers totaled 498 yards against a Gators defense that statistically ranked No. 1 in the nation heading into Week 4.

“I mean they stepped up big,” Smith told InsideTennessee of the Big Orange O-line. “When the team needed them to make plays, they made plays. I think everybody did a great job on the line. It was pretty consistent. They were pretty solid out there. I loved what I saw.”

It was one of the more memorable atmospheres at Neyland Stadium as Tennessee broke an 11-game losing streak against its Southeastern Conference Eastern Division rival.

“I have been coming since I was a kid,” Smith said. “I lost count (on how many games attended at Neyland Stadium).

“To be honest, I really feel like the fans in the stadium, that really made it such a shift. I have never seen that before in a football game. I mean the second half, they made the proper adjustments and the fans on top of that. They looked unstoppable there for a little bit.”

Impressions can be left when a team plays well right before a recruit’s eyes, even though he had absolutely nothing to do with the win or loss.

“I just want to go to a winning program, so obviously a team that’s been losing a lot, I would lose a little bit of interest in them,” the Scout No. 1-rated blocker in the Volunteer State's 2017 class said.

The Big Orange rides a 10-game winning streak and a No. 11 nationally ranking into Athens this Saturday. Tennessee continues to be one of the top contenders for the Jackson native.

“I don’t want to determine yet, but they’re in a pretty good standing as usual,” said Smith, who has a top group of Alabama, Clemson, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Look for the five-star to be in Tuscaloosa this weekend to see No. 1 Alabama play Kentucky. Official visits are on the horizon.

“No official set dates, but I have a couple in mind,” Smith said.

A college decision will be made before the second week of January as the blue-chip blocker plans to enroll in college in January.

Under first-year coach Rusty Bradley, Smith and University School of Jackson are rolling right along.

“It’s going good. We’re 5-1 right now. The team is playing well, everything is clicking, the offense is gelling, the coaches are doing an excellent job with us all,” the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Smith said.

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