Matthew Flint doesn’t have an official list of leading schools yet, but Tennessee stands out as something special to him.
“I don’t really have anybody to list right now,” the rising senior out of Madison County (Ala.) High School said. “I mean I know I’ve got Tennessee on it, but I don’t really have it all figured out.
“They’re in their own category right now. They’re high up there.”
Last weekend’s Orange Carpet Day wasn’t the first time the 6-foot, 210-pound linebacker visited Knoxville, but it was a good opportunity to visit again with the Vols’ coaching staff.
“I’m high on their leaderboard right now, so I know they’ve got interest in me,” Flint said. “If you’ve got an interest in me, I’ve got a strong interest in you. So I don’t know, it’s this mutual feeling between us.”
Building solid relationships with the coaches is one of the most important criteria when it comes to finding his school, and he’s had no problem connecting with the Big Orange coaching staff.
“The coolest coach is coach (Tommy Thigpen), and that’s the linebackers coach,” he said. “I play linebacker, so I mean, I’m in good hands when I come here to Tennessee.”
Flint, who attends the same high school as Vols’ running back target Tae Provens in Gurley, Alabama, has also gotten to know some other Tennessee prospects.
“There’s a couple people that I know from camps and stuff, talking about, ‘Let’s go here together, let’s commit together,’ and all that stuff, but I’m going to take my time with my decision," Flint said. "Tennessee is definitely in my talk and in my mind.”
While the Volunteers are rapidly gaining his interest, another Southeastern Conference school, in particular, is doing what they can to attract the interest of the Scout three-star prospect.
“(The Mississippi Rebels) are kind of recruiting me pretty heavy right now, but I’ve had talks with 'Bama and Penn State, different schools like that,” said Flint, who camped in Oxford in early June.
Flint holds offers from a double-digit number schools, including Auburn, Memphis, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Louisville.
When asked about future plans to return to Rocky Top, he responded that he would “definitely be back for some season games.”
Flint has a loose timeframe for when he would like to make a decision.
“I’m an early enrollee, so I guess I would like to make it before the season. But I know don’t know yet, I’m not sure.”