Official visits are a chance for prospects to check out one of the schools of their choice. It’s also a chance for them to get to know the school’s coaches better and see if they fit at that particular program.
Each prospect is allowed five official visits. For Dequann Menzie five visits may not be necessary.
InsideTennessee.com caught up with the Copiah Lincoln defensive corner late Sunday night after he had returned home from his official trip to Knoxville.
“That may be my last visit,” Menzie said. “I may not take any more visits after that one.”
“Everything about Tennessee was perfect,” Menzie explained. “It was such a great experience. I will be honest. I didn’t think I would get out of there without committing, but I had promised my mom I would stop and think about it before making a final decision.”
Does Menzie have a timetable for that decision?
“I will probably make a decision by Thursday,” Menzie said. “I really think that Tennessee will be my permanent home.”
Menzie, a 5-foot-11.5, 190-pound athlete, is originally from Georgia and has spent the last two seasons at Copiah Lincoln Mississippi Community College.
“Tennessee is recruiting me to play corner,” Menzie said. “Tennessee was way better than I expected it to be.”
After the game Saturday, the standout defender got to spend some quality time with another stellar defensive player.
“Eric Berry and I hung out a lot,” Menzie said. “He is such a great guy. We are so much alike personality-wise. He is so calm, cool and collected. He is a fun guy to be around, even if you’re just hanging out and talking.”
Menzie has also been very impressed with his lead recruiter.
“Coach Frank Wilson seems to be a really great person and a great coach,” Menzie said. “He cares more about me than just a football player; he is always asking how my family is doing, etc. Getting the opportunity to play for Monte Kiffin is also a great opportunity.”
It appears that Tennessee will have another commitment before week's end.
Menzie currently holds official offers from several SEC and other top schools including Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Clemson, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State, LSU and Southern Mississippi.
Menzie is scheduled to graduate from junior college in May.