Tennessee coaches were a bit taken aback when one of their most coveted prospects took an impromptu official visit to another SEC team last weekend.
“They were worried when they found out because I didn’t tell them before I left,” the Tennessee receiver commitment told SEC Country. “After I told them what it was all about, they weren’t worried and they said “Have fun.”
So why did Jeff George, a three-star receiver prospect from Dodge City Community College (Dodge City, Kansas), decide to take an official visit to Auburn last weekend?
“Just to see some other places and to get out of Dodge City,” said George, who committed to Tennessee in June. “It was cool. It was a cool experience to look around a little bit to see what everybody else has to offer.”
The visit didn’t change George’s thoughts on his recruitment. He said he’s still a solid commitment to Tennessee. His only other planned visit is an official visit to Tennessee on Nov. 28 for the Vanderbilt game. The 6-foot-6, 193-pound receiver plans to enroll at Tennessee in January. Junior college mid-term enrollees can sign with schools on Dec. 16.
“I liked everything about it,” George said when asked why he committed to Tennessee. “I liked the coaching staff a lot. I like how they spread it out a lot.”
Tennessee’s offense is based on playing several receivers, most often in multi-receiver sets. That means George will be expected to have an impact next season, especially given his penchant for catching deep balls and fades. That’s something the Vols have been missing this season.
“That’s my main objective is to come in and play right away and make an impact right away,” he said.
George has watched Tennessee closely this year. The Vols rank No. 81 nationally in passing offense and No. 8 in the SEC.
“They’ve had a little bit of trouble passing a little bit,” George said.
George didn’t seem too worried about the passing woes. He chalked up the inefficiency to an offensive line and receiver corps beset by injuries.
George said he’s started hearing from Texas Tech recently and that Auburn continues to pursue him. However, he seems content with his decision.
“I just tell them that I’m committed to (Tennessee) right now,” George said. “That’s pretty much all I tell them.”