Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Today, we look at where the Vols sit in the recruitment of 4-star athlete Quindarious Monday and the advantage they may have.
BUFORD, Ga. — The question to 4-star Atlanta athlete Quindarious Monday was a pretty simple one — what can a recruit get out of attending a spring game as opposed to a regular visit or practice?
Before uttering a word, Monday said more than he ever could have about the kind of player he is with his response — a loud, virile screech like one might let loose after conquering the cold water of a pool on a hot summer afternoon. Then he opened his mouth and did nothing but affirm what was already evident: Monday likes to put on a show.
“See how it feels,” Monday said. “Because me, I love performing in front of big crowds and I know Tennessee had the most people and the loudest game in college history. I like to show my talents in front of a lot of people.”
Tennessee currently trails Auburn in Monday’s recruitment, as SEC Country’s Ben Wolk wrote Tuesday. However, it can’t be ignored how much a performer like Monday loves a crowd, and it doesn’t get much better than Neyland Stadium, the SEC’s second largest stadium and the fifth largest in all of college football at 102,455 people.
Of course, there’s much more to the relationship between Monday, ranked as the nation’s No. 13 athlete by 247Sports’ composite, and the Volunteers than just a big crowd. When he took his previous visit, he created a serious bond with the Tennessee coaching staff.
“I love Tennessee,” Monday said. “It was fun when I went up there. Tennessee, all the coaches interacted with me well, all the coaches knew me. I went to visit coach Butch’s office, I went to go talk to coach Butch and he’s real high on his student athletes, they really don’t just care about the sport, they care about the little things.”
Right now, Auburn has a narrow lead and Florida and Florida State are right in the mix too. However, Tennessee is “up there” on his list and there’s still plenty of time for things to change because Monday has no qualms with taking as long as he needs to to make the right pick, even if that extends into his senior season or beyond.
Outside of Neyland Stadium, defensive backs coach Charlton Warren might be the key to the Vols leaping toward the top of Monday’s list. A guy who brings a ton of energy himself, Monday is highly impressed with how “hype” defensive backs coach Charlton Warren is.
“Coach Warren, he’s a real hype coach,” Monday said. “I love hype. If your DB coach is hype then your DBs are going to be hype. You need your DBs to be hype. You’ve got to have a lot of hype behind you and you’ve got to work. That’s going to make the DBs more hungry if you see your coach hype.”
The next step for Monday in the recruitment process is a new batch of visits. As of Sunday, he didn’t have any new visits lined up but he said he’d like to use his spring break, which starts April 3, to get in a couple. Tennessee is “most definitely” on the list of schools that Monday would like to make a return to at some point and he even said that the Orange and White game might be a possibility.
Getting to see the Vols suit up and get a real fan experience could go a long way in luring in one of the top players in the class of 2018.
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