KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee will host a collection of top targets and commits on official visits this weekend, but 5-star signee Trey Smith said he won’t push prospects like LaBryan Ray or Elijah Conliffe to commit to the Vols.
He’ll let the university sell itself.
“Honestly, just sort of show them the true side of Tennessee,” he said on his message to recruits.
“What Tennessee has to offer. The campus. The people. It’s the people that make this place, man. The people are truly special at Tennessee. I just want them to have a good time and experience it and let them make an educated decision.”
Smith is one of five mid-year enrollees for the Vols, and the offensive tackle is transitioning from top-rated signee to rookie. He began classes on Wednesday and had his first workout with new strength and conditioning director Rock Gullickson on Thursday.
Although he’ll be involved in the Vols big visitor weekend, Smith wants Tennessee’s targets to “make their own decision.” The blue-chip tackle is quick to add, though, “this is a special place, man.”
“I’m not going to push them and tell them, ‘You need to commit here,’” Smith said.
“I’m not going to trash another school. I’m just going to tell them the straight up facts. That. Let them make their decision. I’m not going to try and trick anybody.
They’ll make their decision if they want to truly come here. It’s a special place man. It’s really a special place.”
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