Rivals250 cornerback Jacques Rickerson out of St. Augustine, Fla. took his first official visit of the season last weekend and headed to Knoxville to check out the Volunteers. What did the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder with 4.41-second speed think of Tennessee?
"I was very impressed with everything they had to offer," he said. "I particularly liked how hospitable everyone was not just at the school, but everyone around there too."
The four-star prospect got to Knoxville Saturday morning.
"For most of the visit we ate," he said. "I got there and met up with my host Jarod Parrish and that was nice. Then I went to the game and afterwards I hung out with Jarod some more and he showed me the mall and where the players hang out and places around campus. I got to ask him a few questions too including how often they rotate the defensive backs and he said a lot and then I asked the coaches later and they said the same thing.
"On Sunday I toured the school, did the academic stuff and went over to coach Fulmer's house to eat and talk with the coaches. I got to spend a lot of time with the coaches including the defensive backs coach and he even showed me the types of schemes they run."
What were Rickerson's thoughts on Tennessee's surprising 16-15 loss to South Carolina?
"The offense just couldn't get it going, but I was very impressed with how the cornerbacks were playing," he said. "The defensive backs were doing everything I was looking for including blitzing, man, zone and they were aggressive. The fans also stuck with the team despite the troubles, so that was good to see too."
The No. 22 cornerback in the country rated his trip to Knoxville a perfect 10.
"I was just very impressed and came back with a lot more than I expected. Every aspect of the visit was top notch and great."
Next up for Rickerson is an official to Auburn on November 18th.