One prospect that is turning a lot of heads is 2014 safety RaShaan Gaulden, who attended the IMG Madden 7-on-7 event in Knoxville, Tenn., over the weekend.
"My motivation is to play against the best of the best athletes and come out here and perform to the best of my abilities," Gaulden told InsideTennessee. "I don't shy away from events like this. Sometimes you get beat sometimes you don't — I am just out here for the competitiveness."
"At this point I am satisfied with those four offers," he said. "I can go to any one of those schools and be really happy. I like all those schools a lot, but I also have interest in Georgia, South Carolina and Miami."
Gaulden, a 6-foot-1, 170-pounder, plays alongside four-star defensive back prospect and 2013 prospect Jalen Ramsey, which Tennessee cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley is using as ammunition.
"Coach Ansley said he wants Jalen (Ramsey) to come in 2013 and then turn around and have me come in 2014," said Gaulden, who is friends with former BA product and UT center Alex Bullard. "We talk a lot about that kind of stuff. Tennessee also offered another one of my teammates C.J. Sanders."
Ansley has been Gaulden's primary recruiter since offering the Brentwood Academy prospect following the Orange & White game on April 21.
"Coach Ansley is my contact at Tennessee and we have really developed a good relationship," Gaulden said. "When I came down for the spring game that was the first time that I met him. We got to sit down and talk and from there we have developed a good relationship."
The Brentwood, Tenn., native said that his relationship with college coaches will be the tipping point in his recruitment.
"Relationship with the coaches is really important to me," he said. "I want to be able to bond with more than one of the coaches. I am trying to get a good relationship with (Tennessee defensive coordinator) Sal Sunseri also. Playing time is important also, but I know I will fit in that way with work."
While Gaulden is just a 16-year-old, he plans to have his recruitment out of the way by the end of summer to eliminate distractions.
"I am trying to give a solid commitment by the end of the summer," he said. "I want to get all of my visits done and make my decision. I don't want to have to worry about all that stuff."
In 2011, Brentwood Academy reached the TSSAA Div. II Class AA state quarterfinals, finishing with a record of 9-3. Gaulden paced the defense with 62 tackles and four interceptions.
Stay tuned for more updates on recruiting from InsideTennessee. You can see highlights from Gaulden's sophomore season below: