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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — It’s been a wild year for Tennessee 2019 receiver commit Kendrell Scurry.
After seemingly having his college decision locked up when he committed to the Vols in July, Scurry watched as Tennessee changed offensive coordinators, lost its longtime receivers coach Zach Azzanni to the NFL and hired Kevin Beard as his replacement. Ultimately, Scurry decided it was in his best interest to take a step back and re-evaluate his decision, “opening up” his recruitment to other schools.
Although linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen, Scurry’s primary recruiter, hasn’t gone anywhere, it was Azzanni’s departure that inspired his decision to re-open his recruitment.
“Coach Azzanni leaving is a big part of my recruiting,” Scurry told SEC Country at the Atlanta Under Armor All-America Camp Sunday. “That’s the reason I committed to UT, well one big reason, because coach Azzanni’s a really good coach and I really wanted to work with him. He left me, so that’s a big part of it, that’s a really big part of it.”
More pertinent to Tennessee’s quest to retain the No. 12 receiver in the class of 2019 according to 247Sports, Scurry hasn’t developed anywhere near the same kind of relationship with Beard that he had with Azzanni. In fact, his relationship with Beard is virtually non-existent, outside of some infrequent phone communication.
“He doesn’t really keep in touch a lot but he’s pretty cool,” Scurry said. “I don’t really know him so I really can’t say a lot about him.”
Scurry has, however, been in contact with the Vols’ coaching staff, talking mostly with head coach Butch Jones and Thigpen. That could be poised to change this weekend, as Scurry intends to make his first return trip to Knoxville since re-opening his recruitment.
But, that’s not Scurry’s only visit planned. The school that’s been hottest on his trail, South Carolina, can also expect a visit in the coming weeks, although he doesn’t have an exact date pinned down for that just yet.
South Carolina was the first school to jump on Scurry after he announced he was back on the market, followed shortly by Kentucky and then Missouri a couple days later. But of those schools, South Carolina’s been recruiting him the hardest.
Conveniently for the Gamecocks, coach Will Muschamp got a chance to see Scurry in action Sunday at the Under Armor camp. While head coaches aren’t permitted to attend those kind of camps typically per NCAA rules, Muschamp was able to circumvent them because his son Jackson Muschamp, a 2020 prospect, attended the camp as a quarterback.
“I was talking to him,” Scurry said. “I’m looking forward to [the visit]. It should be great.”
Vols offer elite 2019 OL Wanya Morris
Tennessee jumped into the competition for what is expected to be one of the top offensive linemen out of the class of 2019, extending an offer to Loganville, Ga. lineman Wanya Morris on Sunday.
— Wanya Morris (@wanyamorris64) April 2, 2017
The Vols are already a little late to the game on Morris, becoming his 10th offer. That list of offers already includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Miami.
Tennessee has gone a long way in shaping its 2019 offensive line recruiting board. Morris is the 14th offensive lineman and 10th offensive tackle in the class to receive an offer from Tennessee, the most of any single position except for receiver at this early stage of the class.
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