Donnie Corley has plenty of insight into the inner workings of Tennessee’s football program. It’s just a text away.
The 4-star receiver from Martin Luther King High School in Detroit has two friends at Tennessee that are willing to give regular reports: tailback John Kelly and linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr.
“They said they like everything about it,” Corley told SEC Country.
Kelly and Kirkland are both from the midwest, Michigan and Indiana, respectively. Their reviews of the Vols could make moving south much easier for Corley.
“It’s nice because you get feedback from the inside so you know how they treat Michigan guys,” the 6-foot-2 ½, 182-pound Corley said.
Corley can’t pay too much attention to college football recruiting right now. He’s focused on his senior season. Martin Luther King is 10-0 with the playoffs to tackle. Since Corley’s school plays games on Saturday, that doesn’t leave enough time for official visits.
Corley said once his season is over, he’ll start planning some recruiting trips, probably to Tennessee, Ohio State and Michigan State. As for potential finalists, he said Southern California and Notre Dame are also in the mix.
Corley took an official visit to Tennessee on Oct. 10 for the Georgia game. The event left an impression.
“It was an amazing atmosphere,” he said. “That was my first SEC game. the atmosphere was crazy. I had a great time.”
When asked what is appealing about Tennessee, Corley said, “They’re a part of the SEC and the atmosphere. The coaches, they’re all from Michigan. That started the relationship.”
Corley said he has 46 receptions for 1,027 yards, 51 tackles,nine interceptions and 12 touchdowns.
He is the No. 20 receiver in the nation and the No. 3 prospect in Michigan.