Kyler McMichael and family members made their way to Tennessee’s campus on Saturday.
The McMichael crew saw the Volunteers practice before being involved in an invite-only cookout on Haslam Field.
“It was a great visit,” McMichael told InsideTennessee. “I mean everybody is caring up here and sincere. So my family loves it, I love it.”
The Scout No. 23 cornerback in the 2018 class and Scout 300 member said Tennessee is “definitely top 5” alongside Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Georgia.
“I come up here (to Knoxville) often,” the 6-foot-1, 196-pounder with 4.57 speed said. “Love it every time I come up. So definitely a top school.”
Charlton Warren is Tennessee’s new defensive backs coach after replacing Willie Martinez in the winter, however, Warren is not starting from Ground 0 with the 2018 class target.
“I mean I’ve had a relationship with (Warren) ever since he was back at North Carolina,” McMichael said. “I’m pretty well off with him, he’s a great guy, I love everything he has to say about how they’ll use me here. So I have a pretty good relationship with him.”
Between Warren’s work and that of other Tennessee coaches, McMichael “definitely” feels like a priority. The Scout No. 3-ranked cornerback in the Peach State expects to see Warren visit the Greater Atlanta Christian School campus where McMichael plays a couple times this spring.
“It makes me nervous, but at the same time, I want definitely want to show my ability,” McMichael said. “So I look forward to it.”
A return trip to Rocky Top won’t take place with the DISH Orange & White Game, but the defensive back plans to come back soon.
“I’ll be back here (in Knoxville)…I’m not quite sure yet, but I’ll definitely be back here before the spring ends,” the Norcross, Georgia, native said.
In 2016, McMichael was selected first-team Class AAA All-State by the Georgia Sports Writers Association. He ran for 1,493 yards and 16 touchdowns on 222 carries.
GAC reached the GHSA Class AAA state championship game before falling to Cedar Grove 30-19.