One weekend in Knoxville was enough for one former Mississippi State commitment to change his mind.
The Rocky Top experience, along with new head coach Derek Dooley, was enough to sway Georgia running back Rajion Neal to be a Volunteer.
“I had a great time during the visit too,” Neal told Scout.com “The campus was real nice, the coaches were nice, I liked the facilities, and I just got to know about everything up there. We felt each other out, I learned as much as I could, and we decided that Tennessee was best for me.”
Telling new Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen about his decision wasn’t easy for Neal.
“It was tough to tell Mississippi State no because I have been through the recruiting process with them for about a year now,” Neal said. “I spent a lot of time there, I knew the coaches there well, and it was a hard thing to do.”
Dooley and Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney apparently made a good impression on Neal.
“Coach Chaney and Coach Dooley were the coaches I spent most of my time with during my visit and we got along great,” Neal said. “Coach Dooley knows what he is talking about, he knows what he is doing there, and I like him a lot. He has been through it and I like what he is getting ready to do at Tennessee.”
“As a person, he is honest, upfront about everything, and I liked that about him. We talked a lot up there and me and my family like him a lot.”
Chad Simmons, the Southeast Recruiting manager contributed to this story.