Aaron Brule is fresh off his first visit to see Tennessee’s campus.
The Scout three-star prospect from the 2018 class is far more familiar with life in orange and white after having taken the time to check things out.
“I know they win games, and they graduate a lot of players,” Brule said. “I’ll see what the future holds.”
The Archbishop Rummel (La.) High School defender has Tennessee “pretty high,” but he committed to Kansas back on Feb. 4.
“If I weren’t (committed to Kansas), I probably would have had thoughts about (committing to Tennessee),” Brule said following the visit. “I’m still looking into (the recruiting process). I’m still open to changing my mind, but I’m pretty committed to Kansas right now, too.”
Recruiting coordinator Robert Gillespie has Louisiana as a region that he mines for Tennessee. It was his efforts that helped get Brule to make the trip north.
“I was talking to coach Gillespie and he’s been trying to get me up here for months,” said Brule, who noted that Tennessee was the second program to offer a scholarship. “I told him that I’d be coming soon, and I came.
“I knew they had one of the best facilities but it was much of what I expected.
“(Gillespie) came down to my school a few times. When he had offered me he came to the school. I’ve been knowing him, and he’s from the Mississippi-Louisiana area.
“The whole coaching staff came like two months ago before the dead period was up.”
Tennessee coaches see the bayou-based talent as someone who can make plays defensively. He has no preference between linebacker and safety.
“I spent most of the day with the linebackers,” the 6-foot-1, 202-pound Brule said. “The linebackers coach — coach Thigpen — he’s pretty cool.”
The Metairie, Louisiana, native added that the 9-hour drive to Knoxville wasn’t really a factor in his decision making. Some programs in consideration aside from Kansas and Tennessee are Arizona, Arkansas, Cincinnati and possibly Texas.