Offensive tackle Nyere Aumaitre was at Tennessee on an official visit over the weekend and got an up-close look at one of the Southeastern Conference's top programs. Did he leave impressed?
"You could say that," laughed Aumaitre. "What's not to like? They win a lot of games, they put a lot of players into the NFL, they play great competition, they have great facilities ... there probably aren't too many places like it. Football means so much down there. It would be really special to play at a place like that."
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle from Camden (N.J.) Woodrow Wilson is considered one of the top players in New Jersey and has offers from some of the top programs in the nation. Is Tennessee number one on his list now?
"No, I'm keeping everything open," he said. "I enjoyed the Nebraska trip and I enjoyed the Tennessee trip. I still have visits to Pittsburgh, Iowa and Virginia coming up, and I plan on taking those and then making a decision afterwards. The last visit is in January so I probably won't be ready to decide until pretty late."
Aumaitre has now taken official visits to Nebraska and Tennessee -- traditionally two of the top programs in the country. What does he expect out of his last three visits?
"Well you have to look at Nebraska and Tennessee's tradition," he said. "Historically they've proven they're going to be two of the best teams in the country most years. But Iowa is doing as good a job as anyone of developing offensive linemen, Pitt has had some great teams and has a good recruiting class going, and Virginia has a lot of young talent. There are positive things about each school."