Cheyenne Labruzza’s recruiting is moving at a frenetic pace.
Since mid-February, Labruzza has picked up six scholarship offers and visited LSU three times, Alabama last week and Tennessee on Saturday. There’s no signs of Labruzza’s recruitment slowing down.
Labruzza is set to visit Florida this weekend after the Gators offered Labruzza a scholarship last month. He also has interest from the Big 12 and the Pac-12. Labruzza said LSU, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Florida and Southern California are currently recruiting him the hardest.
Tennessee hosted Labruzza this weekend. The three-star cornerback from Albany (La.) High School was immediately greeted by Tennessee coach Butch Jones and his assistants when Labruzza arrived at the Vols’ facilities.
“It was an amazing trip,” the 6-foot, 183-pound prospect said. “I got there Friday and as soon as I got there with my family, we walked through the door and the whole coaching staff, including Coach Jones, was greeting us as soon as we walked into the complex. We toured the facility. We went to a baseball game and when we got back we talked to the players like (defensive backs) Cam Sutton, Todd Kelly and Malik Foreman. That was great right there.”
The meeting with Sutton was especially significant. Labruzza relished the opportunity to meet one of his favorite players.
“Cam Sutton is my favorite cornerback,” Sutton said. “I study Cam Sutton all the time. I watch his highlights. I watch him on Youtube. I watch his film. He’s physical. I love his cover skills. He’s a guy kind of like me.”
The greatest foe for the Vols in recruiting Labruzza, who has 15 scholarship offers, will be LSU. It’s not often that a prospect, who LSU has strong interest in, leaves Louisiana. The three-star Labruzza is the No. 51 cornerback in the country and the No. 33 prospect in Louisiana.
“They’re a school I’m interested in also,” Labruzza said. “I’m always on campus. I’m always with coaching staff. I’m always around the players.”
However, the Vols made a strong impression this weekend when Labruzza visited practice. During the scrimmage, Tennessee was holding a Family Day with former Vols and a Student Appreciation Day with thousands of fans in attendance. Labruzza was more impressed with Tennessee’s coaches than the circus-like environment in Neyland Stadium.
“At practice I could see the coaches and coach Jones, how they coach their players up,” Labruzza said. “I could see their coaching style and how they handle their players. Seeing the coaching and seeing the environment, they’re hyped on defense. They want to run to the ball and play all four quarters.”
Labruzza said he’d prefer to play in the SEC but is willing to play wherever he’s most comfortable, even if that’s Southern California.
“If my best fit is across the country in California, that’s where I’m going to go,” Labruzza said. “Leaving home, leaving the state is not a big factor to me. I’d rather be at home, close to home at least, but if it’s across the country, I’m fine with that.”
Labruzza said the drive to Tennessee’s campus took about nine hours.
“It wasn’t bad,” he said. “It was a pretty simple drive actually.”
Tennessee’s coaches have proven they can beat top SEC competition for highly rated prospects. Could LSU be next? The Vols seem to at least have a shot with Labruzza.
“I would say I have a high interest in Tennessee,” Labruzza said. “They’re a school I’m taking a hard look at.”
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.