Chad Simmons

Can Vols hold off LSU for Scout 300 CB Cheyenne Labruzza?

Cheyenne Labruzza has numerous college options but Tennessee is the program that's kept the Scout four-star cornerback's commitment. Will that still be the case come February?

In the world of college football, the holiday season doubles as recruiting season. That means over the next two months, it’s crunch time for schools and prospects across the nation.

In the midst of the craziness, Tennessee commit Cheyenne Labruzza remains as invested as ever in the Orange & White as he approaches the final stretch before National Signing Day in February.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound cornerback will make his way to Rocky Top alongside a number of other Big Orange targets for his official visit the weekend of Jan. 20-22.

“I can tell that for my official visit it’s going to be something really cool and fun, and we’ll have a good time,” Labruzza told InsideTennessee.

Last week’s home visits with several Vols coaches further confirmed the Scout four-star’s decision as the right choice for him.

Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop stopped by Albany (La.) High School on Wednesday to visit with the corner. Later that night, Labruzza had a successful home visit with running backs coach Robert Gillespie and defensive backs coach Willie Martinez.

“It was fun,” the Scout 300 member said. “It was a great time. I got to talk to the coaches and everything about how they plan to use me as a player. We talked with the coaches and had a family atmosphere.”

The Scout No. 20-ranked cornerback in the 2017 class, who grew up an LSU fan, managed to form a solid relationship with Tennessee coaches since “Day 1” of his recruiting process. Soon after, the Albany native found himself more and more attracted to the Orange & White.

“I started to mature and got offers and everything,” he said. “I started to see that there was more than LSU football. Then Tennessee came into the picture and I just kind of fell in love with it.”

The coaching staff has big plans lying ahead for Labruzza and have made it clear that Team 121 has plenty to benefit from early upon his arrival at Rocky Top.

“They love my speed, my athleticism, how I play offense and defense,” said Labruzza, who also got carries at running back at Albany High. “They love my character and everything, my leadership that I bring to the table mentally and physically on the field and off the field.

“They told me how they plan to use me, and just showed me that they really wanted me. So that was the school that, out of the other schools, had a plan for me. I was like, ‘That’s where I want to be.’”

The No. 2 cornerback in Louisiana has also formed relationships with several of his contemporaries that will be joining him running through the T, naming Louisiana native Trey Coleman, Maleik Grey, Theo Jackson and Alontae Taylor among the list of Big Orange commits he speaks with regularly.

Labruzza and other future Vols will put on their recruiters’ hats when they take their official visit this winter.

“It’s going to be a good group because they want us to go up there and kind of recruit some of the other guys that aren’t committed yet,” he said.

By also speaking with several current members of Team 120, the defensive back has sought guidance from experienced players including Alvin Kamara, Todd Kelly Jr. and Cameron Sutton.

“It’s cool getting advice from them and asking what was to expect and everything with the coaches and college football.”

Though he has been committed to the Volunteers since April, it does not mean other schools, including his home state’s university, have not given up.

Two days before his home visit with Tennessee, Labruzza had LSU coaches in his house. He plans to make an official visit to Baton Rouge in January as well.

“They’re still recruiting me pretty hard,” he said of the Tigers.

As for other schools, Labruzza said he has “a few visits lined up with coaches,” and mentioned an upcoming home visit with Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

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