It looks like Tennessee might be climbing the ladder for Quindarious Monday.
The 6-foot-2, 178-pound safety out of Carver (Ga.) High School made his way to Rocky Top this weekend for a junior day and walked away with much greater interest in the Vols.
“I was interested in them but I’m more interested in them now,” the junior defensive back said. “Because they showed me all I needed to see, really.”
Monday, who attended a football camp last summer in Big Orange Country, enjoyed the chance to get to know the Orange & White coaching staff and talk in-person.
“The coaches are outstanding,” said the Atlanta native, who was also specifically impressed with coach Butch Jones interacting with the prospects. “All of the coaches are outstanding, even the offensive side.”
Although Tennessee's staff underwent changes in the last few months, Monday and recently-hired defensive backs coach Charlton Warren have been speaking “every week.”
Touring the facilities was a perk, too.
“It was beautiful,” the Scout 300 member and four-star prospect said of the Anderson Training Center. “It was real beautiful. I love it.”
While the Scout No. 3-ranked safety in the Peach State has experience at both in the secondary and wide receiver, Tennessee is currently recruiting the young talent as a secondary prospect.
“I think (Tennessee) would want me to play safety, but not saying free or strong,” said Monday, who hails from the same Atlanta-based program that produced former four-star safety Darren Myles. “But I’m sure they would really want me to play safety. I want to play safety.
“(LSU) saw on MaxPreps I was a 6-foot wide receiver and safety, but they thought I was really just a wide receiver. But (they came) to find out that I was being recruited by most schools, or really all my schools, as a safety.”
The Class of 2018 prospect, who holds over 15 scholarship offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Georgia, identified Auburn as his current “leading” option. However, he doesn't have a complete grouping of who resides behind the Tigers.
“Not right now,” Monday said. “I just know Auburn is leading right now so far.
“Florida and Florida State are right behind them. But Tennessee is coming up, because I really liked today.”
As for upcoming visits, Michigan is looking like the next school on the list for the No. 233 overall prospect.
“Michigan is wanting me to come down soon, but I’ve got to see what day they want me to come down,” he said.
Monday said he will come back to Tennessee's campus in the “spring, for a practice. And I should return to Tennessee for the spring game.”
While Monday is still exploring his options, he has no strict timeline on when he wants to make a college decision.
“It all depends on how I’m feeling after my season,” he said. “If I’m going to do it during the season, or if I’m going to do it at like an All-American or an Under-Armour game. It all depends on how I’m feeling then, but it should be pretty soon.”