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Of the 12 schools, eight were from the SEC — Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Alabama and LSU. The final two on that list have yet to extend an offer to Teague, but they are in consideration.
“It was difficult, I guess,” Teague told SEC Country. “You’ve got to put some schools away but I just feel like those were the ones that best fit me.”
To get down to his final 12, Teague focused on both coaching and his role as a running back at each school. But it goes beyond just the on-the-field aspects for Teague
“I’m still looking for ones that have coaching, that build the players not only football but just as men,” Teague said.
Now with his top 12 out, the next phase of Teague’s recruitment begins, and that means a ton of visits. He’ll start this weekend at Auburn before heading to Ohio State, Tennessee and Georgia each of the following weekends.
On those visits, Teague will get a chance to watch spring practices and see how the coaching staff works on the field. He’ll also take the time to meet with each school’s player development personnel, an important aspect for Teague.
“Just go to practices, see how practices run, see how the coaches, the running back coaches, how they run,” Teague said. “Just talk more with everybody and just get more information on what the school’s about, meet the player development person. Basically just bond more with the coaches and see what they’re about.”
His Tennessee visit on April 8, which he confirmed to SEC Country barring any unforeseen circumstances, will be different, though. Living less than three hours from Tennessee’s campus in Knoxville, Teague has already visited. He’s also worked with running backs coach Robert Gillespie at camps in the past, so he’s familiar with his coaching style.
Teague enjoyed his past working with Gillespie and enjoyed his coaching style, which he described as “like a teacher.” So his visit to Tennessee will be more about seeing how an entire Vols’ practice is run and what kind of system is in place to help players develop.
“When I go back, I just want to basically see more about the way they run the program,” Teague said. “Hopefully we might see practice, but I’ve already see coach Gillespie coach and seen a lot of facilities and stuff, basically just want to go see how they’re trying to run the program, with the players and building them.”
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