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September 24, 2012Winter Garden, Fla. linebacker Corey Vereen was in town last weekend to visit Tennessee. He returned home from the trip and still had a great feeling about the direction of Tennessee football.
"The visit was good," Vereen said. "I got to talk to the coaches and it was nice to come up and watch the game. I had been up last year for LSU so I knew what it was like, but I love to see two good teams play against each other."
Vereen spent time with the staff and his future teammates. He was recognized by the Tennessee faithful as he roamed around campus. He had a lot of good memories from his visit but a couple really standout.
"The highlight was meeting the coaches again and taking the tour," Vereen said. "The game was a good atmosphere, but I enjoyed getting to see everyone again and just getting to know everyone better. I talked with coach Hinshaw and coach Sal a lot and he has recruited me hard from the beginning."
His time with the Tennessee staff left a good impression and he feels really good about his relationships with Darin Hinshaw and Sal Sunseri.
"They are both straight forward guys and they tell me they need me," Vereen said. "They are always pushing me to stay in shape and just be ready to come and compete, but they have also stressed that I need enjoy my last year of high school."
West Orange is back to .500 on the season and Vereen has seen a lot of fight from his team early in the season.
"We started off with two big games and we lost them both close," Vereen said. "We just won our first district game and we are now 2-2. We have been stopping teams on third down and just scoring points on offense. I'm proud of how our team has turned the corner."
The 6-foot-2 and 220 pound linebacker has been bringing it each and every week, but he's been shown a lot of attention from oppsosing teams.
"Individually they are keying on me a lot more," Vereen said. "I'm seeing a lot of double teams. I think I can step it up and I feel like I can always improve."