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Top prospects in Tennessee recap weekend visits

Three-star DB Nigel Maynard was at Michigan over the weekend
Three-star DB Nigel Maynard was at Michigan over the weekend (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

Many of the Volunteer State's top underclassmen prospects took in game day visits over the weekend to Louisville, Tennessee, Michigan, and Auburn. Rivals has some post-visit reactions and updates on each below.

Louisville visit reactions:

Law picked up a summer offer from Ole Miss and programs like Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt have followed throughout the fall. Louisville was the latest school to offer the three-star prospect, who was on campus to take in the Cardinals' big win over Wake Forest.

REACTION: "One thing that was cool is all the athletic fields all seemed to flow together. As my brother went through the recruiting process, something he said about Louisville is how much all athletes from different sports support each other."

Barnes is a 2024 prospect that is drawing a lot of interest from power five programs. He's already got an offer from Vanderbilt while LSU, Kentucky, and others are showing interest. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound playmaker was up at Louisville over the weekend.

REACTION: "I loved the atmosphere and how passionate the coaches were. Can’t wait to be back."

Terry is a 2025 prospect that is already building an impressive recruiting resume with offers from Kentucky, Toledo, and Central Michigan. Louisville got him on campus over the weekend and the Cardinals' staff made a great impression.

REACTION: "I really liked how they treated me an my family. They opened my eyes beating a Top 10 team. Showed a lot of love. The coaches all came in and talked to me. It was most definitely a place I would like to come back to in the future."

Jimcoily already boasts offers from Oklahoma, Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Michigan. Louisville is also keeping close tabs on the 2025 prospect and hosted him for their big win over the weekend.

REACTION: "The culture down at Louisville is definitely what stood out. They care about you as a player and they value the person and the people who are a part of the program. They weren’t shy to mention that if there were any toxicity or harmful people that weren’t serving the players properly, they’d have them removed. On top of this, the vibe of the place was very fluid and overall I liked it."

Leonard-Jean Charles has early offers from Auburn, Georgia, and Ole Miss. The rising 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive lineman was excited to head north and experience Louisville in-person.

REACTION: "The fans and the energy from the coaches especially the defensive line coach. Coach (Mark) Ivey has the style that just pumps energy into you. I also love how much the coaches pour into each player, you can just tell that the coaches and players have a lot of respect and admiration for each other."

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Michigan visit reactions:

The Stewart's Creek (Tenn.) product has held a Michigan offer since the spring and has built a great bond with Wolverines defensive backs coach Steve Clinksdale throughout the process. The three-star took his first gameday trip to Ann Arbor over the weekend and was impressed with what he saw.

REACTION: "The number one thing that stood out for me is the love in their community. Probably the most people I have ever seen in a stadium and the fans were great."

Michigan is one of the blue-blood programs that is heavily involved with the Carter, who was up at Ann Arbor to witness the Wolverines' big win over in-state rivals Michigan State. Wolverines defensive backs coach Steve Clinksdale has been a big influence in Carter's recruiting process.

REACTION: "I had an amazing time at The Big House. They came out with the outcome even though they was battling at first, they still won. This stood out to me. There were a lot of people, it was 111,083 people there and that was like the 300th consecutive game with a crowd that big."

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Tennessee visit reactions:

Tennessee is one of the latest offers for Nicholson as secondaries coach Willie Martinez liked the three-star's playmaking ability on defense. Nicholson got to talk with Martinez during his time at Knoxville and was impressed with the overall energy during the Vols win over Kentucky.

REACTION: "Great atmosphere and energy throughout the whole game. From the pre-game warmups to the experience after the game, the players and fans were all hyped and excited to be apart of that program. It was definitely a fun thing to witness and be apart of."

Nicholson is expected to be at Vanderbilt this upcoming weekend and has picked up recent offers from Florida State, Memphis, and Stanford.

Evans had already been to Tennessee plenty of times already throughout the spring and summer, but was able to return to Knoxville over the weekend to take in the gameday experience. The three-star doesn't have an offer from the Vols currently, but is definitely on their radar.

REACTION: "The fan base stood out the most and the offense was very explosive and the defense was getting after it and was locked down. It was very fun."

Virginia Tech is Evans' most recent offer to go along with Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas, Minnesota, Michigan, and others.

Weber camped at Tennessee over the summer and returned to Knoxville over the weekend to experience a Vols gameday.

REACTION: "The support from the fans definitely was one of the first things I noticed. I also really appreciated the hospitality from the staff. It was the first time that I’ve seen every recruit have their own hostess. The energy at Neyland is unmatched."

The three-star already has offers from Kentucky, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt.

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Auburn visit reaction:

Thompson recently included Auburn among his Top 10 after earning an offer from the Tigers in early October. The Rivals250 got out to the Plains over the weekend to experience the gameday action.

REACTION: "The atmosphere was different, the environment was crazy the whole vibe was great from the coaching staff and the players."

Thompson is planning to take additional trips to Mississippi State, Louisville, and Kentucky throughout the rest of the season.

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