Tennessee put its best foot forward in its pursuit of Zach Kent.
Rick Barnes and his staff hosted the 6-foot-10, 225-pound center from Blair (N.J.) Academy for an official visit last weekend. Joining the Scout three-star prospect were his parents and AAU coach Duane Coverdale.
It was Kent’s first official visit, and he gave InsideTennessee his thoughts:
InsideTennessee: How would you rate your visit?
Zach Kent: It was a productive visit. I got to see first-hand how they play and the campus. I haven't taken a bunch of officials but I feel comfortable with my visit. I learned a lot, but I can't rate it because I don't have anything to compare it to.
IT: Who was your host on your trip and did he take you anywhere special?
Kent: Grant Williams was my host. It was pretty much, him, me and the coaches. He's a pretty cool guy. We have a lot in common. He showed me some of the places they eat and I got to see where they live and where they stay. It was nice having him as a host.
IT: What were you impressions of the football game and Neyland Stadium?
Kent: I’m not a big football guy, but I like competition. They really couldn't do much with Alabama but it was cool to see the fans get up for their school.
IT: What stood out about Rick Barnes?
Kent: He's a good guy who has a great relationship with his players. He spends a lot of hands-on time with the team. He's a good coach who's doing it because he loves it.
IT: Your impressions of the Tennessee coaching staff as a group?
Kent: The coaches are a great group of guys and the strength coach is one of the best and as good as it gets.
IT: Where did the staff see you fitting in?
Kent: As a stretch-4, where I can play out and I'll play inside. Their bigs are kind of interchangeable. They would like to have some size, and at 6-10, I can help out with that. It was easy to see how I would fit in. Everyone can play defense and rebound but I liked where I fit in offensively.
Kent will travel to Evanston, Illinois, next week on an official visit to Northwestern and he reiterated that he expects to make a decision shortly after that visit with Tennessee and Northwestern his two finalists.