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Cheyenne Labruzza’s comeback bid was short-lived.
As SEC Country first reported, the Tennessee cornerback commit injured his knee in an Albany (La.) win on Oct. 14, and Labruzza wanted to rest the injury to see how his knee responded in hopes of returning to action later in the season.
However, the electric 3-star prospect’s senior season is over, as Labruzza opted to undergo meniscus surgery Friday.
The surgery went “great,” Labruzza told me, adding he should be sidelined around “four months.”
“I’m going to (rehab) this in a business approach,” he said.
The injury is a tough blow for Labruzza, who just had meniscus surgery last offseason after playing two years of high school football on a bum knee. He is also the third Tennessee commit to have season-ending surgery this year (LaVergne wideout Princeton Fant, Georgia linebacker Marquez Bembry)
The 6-foot, 183-pound cornerback was having a terrific senior year, too, starring as a receiver, corner and tailback for the undefeated Hornets.
Labruzza was injured on a noncontact play. He recorded a tackle, but when he went to leave the ground, his cleat stayed in the dirt and his knee buckled. Labruzza tried to play through the pain before exiting the game, and actually attempted to reenter the game two more times before he simply couldn’t move his knee.
Labruzza is the nation’s No. 44 cornerback, holding more than a dozen offers. While solidly committed to Tennessee, programs such as LSU, Texas A&M and Mississippi State haven’t stopped pursuing the underrated athlete.
As part of the evaluation period on Friday, Tennessee secondary coach Willie Martinez stopped by Albany High to talk with Labruzza’s head coach.
Tennessee offers a pair of South Florida teammates
With Volunteers defensive line coach Steve Stripling checking on 2017 defensive tackle commit Kivon Bennett on Friday, Tennessee extended offers to two of Bennett’s teammates at St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale (Fla.).
2018 cornerback Al Blades Jr. and 2018 linebacker Rocky Shelton both tweeted the news.
Tennessee has enjoyed recent success poaching prospects from Florida (Tyler Byrd, Brandon Johnson, Latrell Williams), and the Volunteers have upped their aggressiveness in the Sunshine State with the addition of assistant coach Larry Scott, the former longtime Miami assistant coach.
In 2017, the Volunteers have a trio of commits from Florida (Jacquez Jones, CJ Cotman and Bennett).
Blades Jr. is a top-50 prospect, and the junior is a 4-star recruit with two dozen offers (Miami, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida State, among others). The former Miami commit is a Hurricane legacy, too.
— ⚜Al Blades⚜ (@AlBlades_Jr) October 22, 2016
Shelton, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound linebacker, is a 4-star prospect with 18 offers including SEC schools Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri and Florida.
— Rocky Shelton (@rockyshelton18) October 22, 2016