If Trey Sermon, the state of Georgia’s No. 1 running back prospect for next year, had to pick his five favorite colleges today, two SEC schools would make the cut.
“Well, I know for a fact that Tennessee and Ohio State and Alabama, they’re interested in me,” Sermon said. “I’m still really re-evaluating all of the schools so that I can make sure that, if I was to release my Top 5 it would be right for me.”
When asked if there was a coach who he has a close relationship with, Sermon was quick to name Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie.
The junior running back also revealed he “may visit Tennessee this weekend” for its game against South Carolina.
The 4-star prospect from Sprayberry High School has a special blend of size, speed and agility that could make him a star at the next level.
Fans looking for a junior-year highlight reel might be disappointed, however. Sermon sustained an injury in his team’s second game and has missed the rest of this season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder appears to be well on his way to a full recovery, though, and his coach said the injury highlighted Sermon’s toughness.
“It hurt him, and we thought at the time, both us, our trainer and the doctors thought it was a bruised muscle in his back,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said. “He kind of limped around and hobbled around for a few weeks, and the medical team advised us to just take it easy on him and that he’d be able to play based on how he’d handle the pain. To tell you a little about his toughness, he played the next two games with a broken back.”
There likely won’t be much competition from UGA, either. Sermon said he hasn’t heard much from the in-state program in a while.
Some consider Sermon the top running back prospect in the state of Georgia, regardless of class. Tennessee coach Butch Jones has recruited Georgia prospects well — seven signees in the 2015 class and two already committed for 2016 — and it appears he is making an effort at one of the state’s best.
Sermon has been rated as No. 5 prospect in the state of Georgia for the Class of 2017.
William McFadden covers UGA recruiting for DawgNation and is an SEC multimedia reporter for SECCountry. Give him a follow on Twitter for sports news and opinions you probably won’t agree with.