January 3, 2014

Saint-Amour hearing from Vols, several more

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. --- Anree Saint-Amour already is hearing from enough big-time colleges to know that plenty of people are taking note of his athletic ability and long, agile frame.

But during the recent Georgia Elite Junior Classic, Saint-Amour took nothing for granted. Sure, the emerging 2015 prospect has gotten offers already from the likes of Boston College, Missouri and Tennessee, among others; not to mention increasing interest from a number of schools including Georgia Tech, Northwestern and other SEC inhabitants.

Saint-Amour has intrigued teams with his playmaking ability both off the edge on defense and standing up at weakside linebacker.

"I wanted to just come out here and perform well and see how I could do against some of the better guys," Saint-Amour told VolQuest.com. "This was a good opportunity to see how I stacked up."

A bit undersized from a weight standpoint in playing on the edge, Saint-Amour still showed good pursuit in the game and quickness to the ball, as well as an ability to chase down plays. He said the list of things he'll work on heading into the offseason would be long --- and boosted by his involvement in the Elite Junior Classic.

"I want to get bigger, stronger, pretty much everything," said the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder. "It's a lot (of confidence after the classic)."

While Saint-Amour had most recently heard from Northwestern, he's had a few conversations with Tennessee's coaches --- specifically running backs coach Robert Gillespie.

"I've talked with coach Gillespie and some of their other coaches," Saint-Amour said. "They've just told me they like me and would like me to come up to campus."

Saint-Amour hadn't set his junior day or camp agenda for this offseason, but he made clear he'd try to find his way up to Knoxville to check out the Vols if given the chance.

"I've heard a lot of good things about them, nice facilities and a lot of guys are talking about them," he said. "Yeah, I'd like to get up there."

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