Two schools remain in hunt for JC Rivera

Two schools remain in hunt for JC Rivera

It's down to two schools for junior college tight end Mychal Rivera. After taking an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend, Rivera is ready to make his decision public this coming Wednesday. Go "Inside" to get the latest on Rivera's thoughts of Tennessee and where the Vols stand with the California tight end.

It's down to two schools for junior college tight end Mychal Rivera.

After taking an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend, Rivera is ready to make his decision public this coming Wednesday.

"Right now both schools are pretty even, it's going to be between Tennessee and Kansas State," Rivera told InsideTennessee.com Monday. "I will make my decision by this Wednesday and move forward. I'm excited to get this decision out of the way."

According to Rivera, the talented tight end headed to Knoxville this past weekend with few expectations. Apparently, the visit met and exceeded any expectations he had.

"It was a lot better than I ever imagined," Rivera said. "It was a great visit. It was everything I could ask for."

Rivera was also impressed with new Vol Head Coach Derek Dooley.

"Coach Dooley is going to do great things at Tennessee," Rivera said. "He is a very honest guy that is easy to trust. You can tell he is very passionate about being in Knoxville and the SEC."

Dooley's background coaching tight ends is something else that is appealing to Rivera.

"He told me that I will have three coaches at Tennessee," Rivera said. "Coach Eric Russell will coach me, the OC Jim Chaney coached tight ends last year and Dooley said he will help also."

Dooley spent time in the NFL at Miami, where he served as the Dolphins tight ends coach.

Rivera headed into the visit with an official offer and is excited about the opportunity and chance to play in the SEC.

"It's a great conference," Rivera said. "Right now I'm not sure where I'm headed, but Tennessee is definitely still in it."

One thing that caught Rivera off guard on his visit to Rocky Top was the Vols facilities.

"The facilities were insane," Rivera said. "They are the best I have seen anywhere."

Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com for the latest on Rivera and his decision on Wednesday.

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