Florida TE has UT Vols as No. 1 favorite

Florida TE has UT Vols as No. 1 favorite

One Florida's top junior tight end prospect has been around lawyers all of his life, he wasn't intimidated to meet a college head coach, who also holds a law degree. For Barron Collier's Jeff Heuerman the fact that new Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley has his law degree is a plus and not a negative. So much that Heuerman is listing the Vols as his No. 1 favorite.

One Florida's top junior tight end prospect has been around lawyers all of his life, he wasn't intimidated to meet a college head coach, who also holds a law degree.

For Barron Collier's Jeff Heuerman the fact that new Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley has his law degree is a plus and not a negative.

Heuerman recently got to get to know Dooley a whole lot better at UT's Junior Day a couple of weeks ago.

"I loved it up there," Heuerman told InsideTennessee.com "There wasn't anything I didn't like up there. I liked it a lot better than I thought I would."

Dooley and his new coaching staff apparently made an impression on the talented tight end.

"My dad is a lawyer, my grandfather is a lawyer, we are a family full of lawyers," Heuerman said. "I like the fact that Coach Dooley is a lawyer. He is very organized and knows exactly what he wants to accomplish at the University of Tennessee. I definitely could relate with him."

Where does Tennessee stand after UT's Junior Day?

"They are definitely my top favorite right now," Heuerman said. "I keep in touch with their coaching staff. I talk to them every three or four days."

Heuerman, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound athlete, currently holds offers from Memphis, Maryland, South Florida, FAU, FIU, Purdue, and Tennessee.

"Tennessee is as far North that I want to go," Heuerman said. "I will take a visit up to Notre Dame over spring break to check things out, but I want to end up staying closer to home."

Getting an offer at the Vols' Junior Day surprised the Florida native.

"I really wasn't expecting it, I wasn't sure when it would happen," Heuerman said. "They pulled me out of a meeting with all the other guys early and took me to Coach Dooley's office. We spent about 45 minutes talking about everything, he is very impressive. Then he told me he wanted me to be a Vol, that was what I was waiting for."

Heuerman plans on returning to Rocky Top on April 17th for Tennessee's Spring Game.

"I will be back for the spring game and hopefully get to spend a couple of days getting to know the campus and players a lot better," Heuerman said. "Tennessee is my No. 1 for sure. I'm going to be a mid year guy so I will get an extra six months to come in and get acclimated to the team of my choice."

Was Heuerman close to committing to the Vols?

"I won't say I was close to committing but Tennessee will be hard to beat for me," Heuerman explained. "I have been telling the Vol coaches that I will make a decision in early June. I want to make sure it's the right choice for me. Once I make a decision I won't change it."

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