Waggner to use summer time wisely

Prentiss Waggner is preparing to make the adjustment from high school to college.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound cornerback from Clinton (La.) High School has enrolled at Tennessee and will begin the first session of summer school on Monday.

Waggner said he plans to use his summer months at UT to prepare himself to be ready to play this fall.

Waggner talks about preparing to play in college and how he will adjust in this Q&A.

Q: What was your most memorable moment from an official visit?

A: Just getting to know the coaches and players really well. I felt like up there it's more like a family than any other school. That was real important because being away from home I wanted a place to go to where I have people I could talk to.

Q: What was your least favorite part about recruiting?

A: All the calling. It got real frustrating. All these schools were calling. I would be out hanging out and coaches and schools would call and keep calling and really bug me. Then the pressure got there. It was real frustrating. That's the reason I wouldn't answer when they called.

Q: You were able to stay silently committed to UT for a while. How difficult was that?

A: It was real tough. Schools wanted me to visit and I didn't want to visit anymore schools. I would tell them that I was playing basketball at the time and couldn't really get any visits in then. I'd talk to my family about it and they'd help me.

Q: When did you know you would have a future in football?

A: Since I was growing up. From little league or pee wee league I always had a lot of talent. I was just confident. I'd see other players on the big level play and thought one day I could be playing on it one day.

Q: What was it that made you want to play on a bigger level?

A: I just love football. Every day all day I'm all about football. Whenever I get a chance to play football I'll do it.

Q: What is your favorite part about playing football?

A: My favorite part is the games. You get to showcase your talent in front of a lot of people. I like playing man coverage. You get to lock down your receiver and let him know he can't do anything past you.

Q: You'll be playing in the SEC. What do you think that's going to be like?

A: That's going to be great. I think that's the best conference in college football. You get so pumped up playing there. Every week you've got to bring you're "A" game, just give it your all every week. You never play anybody you can lay down for. You have to bring you're "A" game every week.

Q: What will be the biggest adjustment to the college game?

A: I would probably say getting used to the coverages and the speed. In high school there's a lot of speed but there's more in college. I think it should be all right. It should be OK. I think I should make the adjustment real well.

Q: You'll have a full summer to work out and get used to being at UT. How will that help you?

A: It will help me out a lot as far as getting bigger, stronger and faster. By this fall I should be ready to play. That's real important. I love competing and I just want to get out there and get stronger and get better before I get on the field.

Q: You played receiver first in high school before also playing corner. How has that helped you playing defense?

A: I've only been playing corner for two years. By moving to corner I have an idea what receivers want to do. It helps me mentally, I think, a lot. I can play confident knowing that I could play the position and know what he's planning on doing.

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Comments » 8

VolPride_13 writes:

Man, we are loaded at the corner position, including Prentiss!!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Congrats, young man. Stick to that "every week you've got to bring your A-game".

thesavageorange writes:

invisiblekid, That "buzzard package" is coming together nicely.

KingsportVol ,Let's hope his 1st call is to his friend 5* DT Chris Davenport.

gohawks1 writes:

I'm really excited about this coming season. I believe we'll find out that our incoming class is much better than some think, especially with those players coming to us from the junior college ranks. Still could use a couple of top-notch DTs, though, as our depth there is lacking.

andefromtn#212139 writes:

He'll need to bring is A-game to practice as well. We have a lot depth in his position and he won't have an easy time breaking into the starting line-up. His determination and ability will define how much of him we see on Saturdays. Good Luck young man.

ncvol writes:

Go Vols. Hear's to a great year with all the new talent and determination.

orangebloodgmc writes:

Oh, he better get ready, all right. I think of our top 4 listed cbs coming out of spring practice a year ago, none of them were playing corner for us at the end of the season. But it'll all get sorted out.

orangebloodgmc writes:

Here's a link to what some UCLA fans are saying. They don't seem to know about blue koolaid.

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=12#s=1...

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