Coalmont (Tenn.) Grundy County defensive lineman Kevin Mainord thought he was visiting Colorado this weekend “just for a change of pace and to see something new.”
He got a lot more than he bargained for.
“I wasn’t all that serious about them before I went out there,” he said. “I thought I’d just go check it out since I had an offer and a visit I could take. But it was a lot better than I ever imagined. I loved it.”
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Enough to commit?
“Well, I’ve been doing some heavy thinking about it, but I decided I want to wait until I come back from my last visit to make my commitment,” he said. “But Colorado was great. It’s a really nice school. I liked the atmosphere out there. It’s a great football school.
“I hung out a lot with two players from Tennessee – Chris Russell and Joe Sanders. They said they’re real happy about choosing to go to school out there. I knew Chris had originally committed to Tennessee, and I wanted to ask him why he changed his mind. He said Colorado just seemed like the perfect place for him, and he’s never had any regrets.”
Mainord (6-4, 265, 4.7) says he will make at least three other visits.
“I’m going to South Carolina on Jan. 9, Alabama on Jan. 16 and Auburn on Jan. 23,” he said. “I don’t know about a fifth. I don’t have one right now.”
Mainord wrapped up his senior season at Grundy with 121 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, nine sacks and four forced fumbles.