When the recruiting open-contact period began Sept. 1, the Tennessee coaching staff wasted no time in reaching out out to Master Teague.
The Vols offered the 5-foot-10½, 194-pound running back in June and have hosted him on Rocky Top for several occasions. His most recent experience was the Alabama game.
“(The atmosphere) was really loud,” the Blackman (Tenn.) High School junior said. “That lets you know how much the fans care.”
The speedster has been communicating with Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie over the past couple of months. The two have begun forming a relationship.
“We’ve been texting on and off,” said Teague, who clocked a shuttle time of 4.16 seconds at The Opening Chicago on May 14. “It’s going well. We’re still getting to know each other.”
Though the Volunteers did not manage to pull off a win versus the Crimson Tide during his most recent visit, something he has made note of is Tennessee’s steady progression over the past several years.
“They’ve been having a good season,” Teague said. “The last few games have been tough, but I think they’re doing good. They’re doing a lot better than years before.”
One standout Vol is a name that was previously familiar to Teague. He and sophomore wide receiver Jauan Jennings both attended the same high school in Murfreesboro, and he has enjoyed seeing Jennings’ breakout moments, including the Hail Mary catch in the Georgia matchup.
“I was like, ‘Man, he’s doing great,’” Teague said. “I know he had a few other good games. It’s cool to have someone like that, who I played with, having big-time plays like that."
Tennessee is among a few Southeastern Conference schools that have offered him so far, including Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. And according to Teague, the programs that have been reaching out to him the most are the Commodores and the Gamecocks.
The junior took advantage of unofficial visit opportunities this fall, making trips to Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
However, South Carolina seems to be an early favorite for the Class of 2018 prospect.
“I like the (South Carolina) campus and coaching staff,” he said. “I communicate well with them. They’ve got some new coaches coming in. They’re trying to rebuild, but I just felt real good when I was there.”
That doesn’t mean he is closed off to any options as he still continues to “scope out” his choices.
Teague has no set date for making a decision.