In late September, Tedarrell Slaton maintained Michigan was his leader. It appears that has changed.
In an interview with SEC Country, the four-star offensive tackle from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) said he couldn’t definitively claim Michigan as his No. 1 school anymore, though the Wolverines remain among his list of favorites. Slaton also mentioned Tennessee, UGA and LSU as three schools that have emerged of late.
“I go on how the schools are doing based on their season,” Slaton told SEC Country. “Georgia and Tennessee are doing good right now, even though Georgia had a big loss against Tennessee. I like schools based on their play and how the coaching staff reacts to its athletes.”
Of course, Slaton also mentioned Michigan in the same breath. The Wolverines (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) came in at No. 15 in the most recent AP poll. But aside from a team’s success, the 6-foot-6, 338-pound junior puts heavy stock in how each program approaches every game.
“I’m looking for a school that’s laid back but when it’s time to play, we play,” Slaton said. “The players are always ready no matter what the case is. You can be walking on the street and they’ll be like, ‘Oh, you want to play football in the street?,’ and they take it so seriously. It’s time to play.”
Slaton broke down each of the aforementioned SEC schools to SEC Country below.
On Tennessee: “The team is hard working. When it’s time to get ready for the fourth quarter, they rise up. Throughout the game they get more aggressive and hungry to win in tight situations.”
Slaton’s teammate, Brandon Johnson, committed to Tennessee last month. He said his insight has helped him get a better feel for the Volunteers.
On UGA: “The mascot. The bulldog. They get down. When I hear from Sony (Michel) and Isaiah (McKenzie), they get down. It’s all work, no play.”
Slaton has family in Georgia and plans to visit UGA sometime this summer.
On LSU: “I love their running game. I’m not a lineman that likes the running game. But I like their play and their coaching staff, too. Our coaches want us to play hard, don’t be perfect and execute. I feel like that’s how they are there.”
Slaton is rated as the No. 7 player in Florida in 2017 and No. 33 overall in the country.