The Tennessee coaching staff has worked tirelessly to get back into the running for Class of 2018 cornerback Jaycee Horn.
Horn recently cut the Vols out of his top 2 in favor of South Carolina and Alabama.
Coach Butch Jones’ continued recruitment got Horn to visit Tennessee this past Saturday, a day after he visited Alabama.
Horn’s decision will come down to his best chance for early playing time and relationships with the coaching staff.
Tennessee starting corners Justin Martin and Shaq Wiggins will exhaust their eligibility after this season. Alabama and South Carolina also seem primed to add corner depth, though.
“Out of the three schools I’m looking at right now, I feel like I can start as a freshman at any of them,” Horn told SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner. “So, now I’m looking at relationships and what coaches I feel more comfortable with.”
South Carolina appears to have the current edge with relationships.
“The best relationship I have overall is with Coach T-Rob [defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson] at South Carolina,” Horn said. “I think the reason for that is we just click. He understands me really well.”
A decision does not seem to be imminent. Horn wants to take his time and make sure he has made the right decision.
“I mean, I really can’t tell you,” Horn said. “They are all in a good spot right now. I just want to make sure I’m 100 percent ready because I don’t want to commit, then de-commit. Right now, I feel like there’s not a wrong choice I can make. I don’t know what they could do to separate from one another.”
A source close to Tennessee believes Horn will end up at Alabama if he has a committable offer, according to Kirschner.
Horn ranks as the No. 23 cornerback in the class and the No. 25 prospect in Georgia, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s nearly in the top 200 recruits in the country, coming in at No. 219.
Tennessee holds Class of 2018 cornerback commitments from Tanner Ingle and Brandon Cross.