Trey Coleman joined Tennessee’s 2017 recruiting class during the Volunteers historic “Orange Carpet Weekend” in June.
Sure, the West Monroe (La.) High product was awed by the actual orange carpet at the event, but the 5-foot-11, 203-pound tailback was sold on Tennessee well before rolling down a fancy rug.
“They just really made me love them before I knew anything about them,” Coleman explained.
“Then I went down there and it really just took my heart. The environment. The field. The families. Everything. All the coaches talked how they love me and stuff. It just really took my heart like no other.”
After two visits to Knoxville, the 3-star prospect chose the Vols over Arkansas, Mississippi State and others, saying, “They make you feel like you’re at home at Tennessee. They make you feel like you’re needed and wanted real bad. At other places, they just don’t have that.”
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He’ll always be a Tigers fan: “I grew up an LSU fan. Born an LSU fan. I love LSU. [I’ll] still go to their games next year. I’ll always be an LSU fan regardless, but I just got to make the best decision for me. A lot of people are like, ‘You should’ve went to LSU.’ But LSU ain’t show up yet, so.”
He likes the way Vols offensive coordinator Mike DeBord utilizes his running backs: “I like how they run outside and they run inside the zone. I like how they do little quick screens and stuff to the running backs. They pass it to them. They use their running backs to the fullest. They don’t just run the ball inside the tackles every snap.”
His favorite player is Leonard Fournette but he gets compared to Tennessee’s star tailback: “A lot of people say I run like Jalen Hurd. I model my game after Leonard Fournette because he can do whatever you need him to do. Juke, run you over, burst, make plays in the open field, just anything you need him to do, and Jalen Hurd is the same way.”
He refuses to listen to one very popular rapper before games: “No Drake. Drake’ll get you feeling too much man. I don’t like Drake. He’ll have you all emotional before the game.”
He has some lofty senior season goals: “I’d like to reach 2,000 yards, but really my main goal is to get a ring. I really want to get a ring before I leave high school. … Our school has a good tradition of winning rings, but I haven’t won one yet. It’s got to be my time.”
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Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution