Tennessee is still atop the Je’Ron Stokes recruiting mountain — a precarious place to be with a full two weeks left until National Signing Day.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver form Northeast High School in Philadelphia who committed to UT in April said he still considers himself a UT commitment but is intent on making sure he made the right choice in light of the Vols’ coaching change.
Stokes said he will make his final decision on Feb. 4. Stokes visited Michigan last weekend, will travel to Illinois this weekend and possibly visit Georgia on Jan. 30.
Stokes took his official visit to UT in September, so the best way for the Vols to make an impression with their new coaching staff is to visit Stokes, which newly hired receivers coach Frank Wilson did this week.
“It went well,” Stokes said. “He basically just came and got a chance to introduce himself to me and got a chance to give me a little bit of information about his background. He’s just trying to get to know me and I’m trying to get to know him. It was definitely good to meet him.
“I’m still where I was before but now that they have a receiver coach, that’s another positive step.”
Stokes said he was most impressed with Wilson’s personality.
“He wants to coach the best and he wants to strive to be better everyday just like I do,” said Stokes, who is considered one of the top receiver prospects in the nation. “He seems like he’s a great coach and he’s only going to get better. He’s a real cool person.”
Stokes said he’d like to take another official visit to UT, but the NCAA only allows one per school.
“I would really like to do that,” Stokes said. “I think they (the NCAA) should (allow that) because of situations like this. I’m going on prior knowledge.
“It is what it is.”
Stokes said he picked UT because of the people he met in Knoxville, namely former coach Phillip Fulmer.
“When Fulmer was there, the atmosphere felt right because I was around people I felt comfortable with and I knew Tennessee was an established program at the time,” Stokes said. “It’s all about people.
“That was one thing that Fulmer preached when he was there. That’s important to my decision, is knowing I’m with the right people. That’s definitely a big thing.”