Nathan Niehaus left Tennessee still committed to West Virginia. That shouldn’t be considered time wasted by him nor the Vols.
Even though Niehaus didn’t change his mind during his weekend visit, there is plenty of reason for the 3-star offensive lineman to rethink the commitment he made to West Virginia in July.
First, Niehaus has family in the Knoxville, Tenn., area. Second, Tennessee simply has more to offer than the other schools on his list.
Niehaus, who is from Colerain High School (Cincinnati, Ohio), has an opportunity to play in the SEC, which is widely considered the best conference in the nation. As for facilities, Tennessee can easily trump the other schools he has considered. The only two other schools in the Power 5 conferences to offer him a scholarship are West Virginia and Louisville.
Some fans might be disappointed that Niehaus didn’t commit during his visit to Tennessee this weekend. However, it shouldn’t be considered a loss. He told SEC Country on Saturday that he didn’t anticipate committing during the trip. The trip should be considered a success even without a commitment.
“It was a great visit,” Niehaus told Rivals.com reporter Austin Price. “The feeling exceeded everything that I expected. It was a pleasant surprise. I knew I would find some new stuff out. I expected it to be an average SEC team, but when I came out, everything about it like how the coaches handled their players and recruits exceeded.”
Tennessee made an unusual recruiting move this weekend. Instead of hosting several official visitors, the Vols spent time with prospects while they participated in junior day festivities, which included a tour of campus and an intense practice.
Even though he was a senior, Niehaus was there for all of it. No, he didn’t commit this weekend, but the Vols are firmly in the race. Moreover, Niehaus was willing to take an unofficial visit this weekend. Therefore, Tennessee still has an official visit to spend on trying to secure Niehaus’ commitment in January – if the Vols haven’t done so already.