Things are starting to pick up in terms of offers for Rivals250 Nashville (Tenn.) Overton cornerback Ugo Amadi, but a couple of SEC programs continue to be the most aggressive in their pursuit.
"Tennessee and Kentucky are still coming pretty hard," Amadi said. "Coach Thigpen wants to get me up there for a basketball game and show me the environment and show me how the fans are."
Amadi, who trained with 2014 Tennessee signees Josh Malone, Michael Sawyers and Rashaan Gaulden, said there's clearly a pull toward Knoxville from his friends.
"Yeah it's on my mind," Amadi said. "A lot of people I grew up playing with are over at Tennessee as well. I just want to see how they'll do this season and then I'll make my decision."
As far as the Wildcats, they were one of the first schools to offer and contine to be hot on Amadi's trail.
"Kentucky is keeping tabs on me every day," Amadi said. "Coach Ansley still loves me. He said he knows there's going to be plenty of big schools coming my way but he's just trying to keep it touch as much as possible. He wants me to get up there for the junior day and he really likes me and thinks I can be a game changer at Kentucky."
One of those big schools starting to show Amadi more interest is Alabama. The Tide usually recruit bigger corners, but the 5-foot-9 Amadi said the coaches have assured him that height isn't an issue.
"Alabama just came through and I'm talking to them still," Amadi said. "They love my highlight tape, they can see that height is not a problem and they think that with my leaping ability I could play in their system."