Turn the record over.
One recruit after another that’s spent time at Tennessee gushes about the “people” in and around the football program.
Add Jerome Carvin to that roster of complimentary adolescents.
Butch Jones and offensive line coach Walt Wells grand marshal the parade of orange-clad people that are at work showing Carvin that Knoxville should be his future home.
“Coach Wells, he’s a great person, I have a great relationship with him,” Carvin told InsideTennessee. “Me and coach Jones actually talk a lot. The people at the facility — the facility is already great — that’s what I like about Tennessee. Everybody has great facilities, but that’s what I like most about Tennessee is the people and the atmosphere. The Orange & White game was just a little taste of it.”
Wells both recruits much of the state of Tennessee and is involved in the pursuit of blockers all over the nation.
“I talk to (Wells) every day,” Carvin said. “He loves saying he wants to see me in orange and white, but we usually just have conversations when he checks up on me.”
Carvin, who spoke to Tennessee offensive linemen Drew Richmond and Trey Smith prior to the spring game, has made the cross-state drive twice this calendar year already. Carvin kept an eye on the Vols blockers when he was on hand April 22.
“I definitely like how coach Wells coaches,” Carvin said. “Trey Smith, he’s 17 years old looking like a junior in college, man. It’s crazy.”
The Cordova (Tenn.) High School standout is originally from Houma, Louisiana, but he and his family moved to Tennessee when he was 5 years old. He was an LSU Tigers fan as a child but admits he has no allegiances now.
He has already taken recruiting trips to Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee. Carvin has not yet seen a regular-season game at Neyland Stadium, but plans to “go this year for sure.” He mentioned the weekend of Nov. 17-19 for a potential official visit to Rocky Top.
His recruitment appears to be a long ways from being over in spite of his time at campuses all over the South. Alabama, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee are some of the schools that figure to be in it until the end.
“There’s a lot of schools that are still in it,” Carvin said. “I mean I haven’t narrowed it down. I’m going to be narrowing it down soon though.”
The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder spent his spring practice season bearing down to improve his technique in both pass and run blocking. He also ventured back to the bayou to participate in The Opening New Orleans and got coaching from former Auburn Tiger and three-time All-Pro offensive tackle Willie Anderson. The Vols are after Carvin as an offensive guard.
“I can play any position they want me to play. It doesn’t matter to me,” the Scout No. 3-ranked offensive tackle in the Volunteer State said.
Classes at Tennessee for the Spring 2018 semester start Jan. 10. If Tennessee is the pick, Carvin will be getting a hand full of syllabi that day because he intends to graduate from high school in December.