Seymour to see more of UT

One of Florida's most electrifying football players got his first look at Tennessee's campus on July 20. Now he's in a hurry to get a second look.

Jerron Seymour of Hialeah High School so thoroughly enjoyed his unofficial visit to Knoxville for the Vols' summer camp that he's hoping to set up a more in-depth visit later this month.

"My coach (Mark Berman) and me are trying to set up an official visit to Tennessee September 17 - the weekend of the Florida game," he told InsideTennessee by phone.

A 5-7, 188-pounder with reported 4.39 speed over 40 yards, Seymour averaged a mind-boggling 12-plus yards per carry last fall en route to 1,576 rushing yards. He scored 22 touchdowns on just 126 carries, averaging one TD for every six times he touched the ball.

West Virginia, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Marshall, Florida International and Florida Atlantic are Tennessee's chief competition for this diminutive dynamo. The Big Orange strengthened its position during his unofficial visit, however.

"Yes, after the visit my interest rate went up," Seymour said. "I was so amazed about what Tennessee has to offer. I liked it a lot. The school is huge. I enjoyed seeing streets named after Peyton Manning and Pat Summitt ... and the pictures of all the great players in the Hall of Fame Room."

Another highlight of Seymour's July visit was meeting first-year Vol head man Derek Dooley. They established an immediate bond.

"He's a great guy," Seymour said. "He's easy to talk to and build a relationship with. I would love to build a relationship with him. He's a guy who would always have time to talk to me when I have a problem or something. He's a great coach."

Seymour also felt comfortable with graduate assistant Chino Fontenette, who works with Vol running backs and put the backs through their paces during the July camp.

"The running back coach, Fontenette, is a great coach," Seymour said. "He breaks the game down so that it's easy to understand. We run the ball the same way Tennessee does. He's a players' coach, and it was easy learning from him."

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