Rivals250 athlete E.J. Abrams-Ward out of Thomasville, N.C. headed west over the weekend. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder made his way to Knoxville to check out Tennessee.
"I got there early Saturday morning around two or three," he said. "While I was there I got to see the campus a bit, talk to the new coaching staff and they talked about all the new things they are bringing to the table. I also went to the girls and boys basketball games and learned more about the school and education.
"The basketball games were intense. There were 23,000 people there and both were sold out."
The four-star prospect was hosted on the visit by Daryl Vereen.
"Oh man, I enjoyed it with him," he said. "He showed me around and talked to me about the real side of how everything goes and what goes on outside the season. He talked about how it was a great place to be and of course the football program."
Abrams-Ward met with a number of the coaches on his trip.
"To meet new people was great," he said. "I got to meet the new staff and it already seems like they all have the same goals. They talked to me about what they are trying to do on the field and how I'll be able to play ball.
"Meeting with Coach Fulmer was wonderful. He's accomplished so much in the SEC. He talked about what he's trying to do and how he'd utilize me. He made no promises, but said I'd definitely have an opportunity to compete for a position."
What did the No. 11 athlete in the country rate the trip?
"I'd say it was an eight or nine," he said. "The campus is beautiful and the people are so down-to-earth."
Now, Abrams-Ward will make a decision.
"I'm down to North Carolina and Tennessee," he said. "My decision will likely be closer to Signing Day."
Having already talked about Tennessee, what does the No. 7 prospect in North Carolina like about the Tar Heels?
"They are close to home and I like how Butch Davis is trying to make things happen there and turn the program around. They are a program on the way up."