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Someone will have to fill AJ's shoes when he leaves, perhaps as early as 2014. Maybe it's Bynum, but I really like Corey Vereen (6-2/235/4.6). He's built like a true middle linebacker and he's got elite speed for a LB.
As many of you know, I'm big on star rankings. I think they absolutely do matter and I think they are a good indicator of a player's ability. The system isn't perfect, though, and several diamonds in the rough fall through the cracks every year. I think Vereen is one of those guys. He commited very early (March 2) so there wasn't as much hype surrounding his recruitment as there could have been. Also, he didn't go to a lot of camps as a senior which could have contributed to him being underrated. Sunseri was a terrible DC, just awful. But the man knows a good LB when he sees one, so I trust his evaluation of Vereen.
Don't be fooled by the offer list on his 247 profile. Apparently, it doesn't include all of his offers. He was heavily recruited by Florida, Florida State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Louisville, and Clemson (see attached "hidden gem" article). Also worth mentioning is that he was an honor student and is an early enrollee.
Vereen is an humble, smart, and talented kid. He may not have a better career Rueben Foster (the #1 MLB in the country who has commited and decommited to Bama and Auburn) but he has similar measurables, better academics, and if their recruitments are any indicator, a better attitude. Corey Vereen is a true VFL, and I look forward to watching him compete for a spot in the LB rotation this spring.
Vols commit Corey Vereen was a diamond in the rough when the Vols found him. Now the OLB ignores the attention from other elite programs and focuses on making plays on the field and in the classroom.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by volfan28 15 months ago
I'm also really excited to see him in orange. The guy has some serious speed for a linebacker, and if he could add 10 to 15 pounds while retaining that speed my goodness he could be special.
I agree. One thing I didn't mention from the article is that they discuss him as a possible DE. If he adds a little weight, as you mentioned, he could wreak havoc coming off the edge. It will be interesting to see how Jancek uses him.
Either way he's gonna be fun to watch develop. By the way have you seen the video of him playing rocky top on the guitar? I'm on my phone and can't figure out how to do it. The young man seems to be All Vol.
Corey is a VFL...
Corey Vereen Greeting to Vol Nation!
That's Awesome! +1
When we discuss possible starters at OLB opposite Maggitt; we usually consider Sapp as JRM as the most likey candidates, but Vereen is bigger and faster than JRM... I still think Sapp is the most likely starter but I'm not gonna write off Vereen as a possibility. He may come in and be just what the dr ordered.
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