It’s hard not to read between the lines when Rutger Reitmaier talks about Tennessee and the recent state of his recruitment.
The three-star defensive tackle from Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) has said publicly that he’s still considering Tennessee and Duke equally, with Vanderbilt also thrown in the mix.
However, the 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect also added that he could announce his college decision in a couple of weeks or, at the latest, a couple of months. That declaration comes following his visit to Tennessee on Saturday.
“I would still say it’s between Tennessee and Duke, but Tennessee may have a little bit of an edge right now,” Reitmaier admitted.
Reitmaier had plenty of positive things to say about the Vols following his visit, but he isn’t quite ready to end his recruitment.
“I had a great time up there,” he said. “Everything about it, I loved it. I still think I’m going to wait it out a little bit. I just want to make sure it’s the right fit for me. Just want to keep going up there and building relationships with the coaches.”
Reitmaier will visit Vanderbilt this weekend just to “double check.” However, the visit to Knoxville, Tenn., will be tough to top. Vanderbilt is closer, but Tennessee is the state school.
“Representing your state is a big deal,” Reitmaier said. “I think it would be awesome to play with more in-state guys. Building that in-state pride would be awesome.”
There was one moment that stood out most for Reitmaier during his visit to see the Vols. Neyland Stadium left an impression.
“Whenever I walked out of that stadium, it’s just mind blowing in how big it is,” Reitmaier said. “Just imagining that with 100,000 fans in it is just crazy.”
Reitmaier had a mission in mind when before he traveled east to see Tennessee’s campus once again. It was about getting to know the team.
“My goal going in there was to build a better relationship with the coaches and get to meet some of the players,” Reitmaier said. “I feel like I did that.”