State champion MLB trips to Rocky Top

Kevin Mouhon

The InsideTennessee staff was out in force last weekend to get the latest on visitors for Tennessee's second junior day. Sign in now to read what this elite linebacker said about Butch Jones and the Vols.

Few positions are a greater need for Tennessee in the Class of 2014 than linebacker. The Volunteers welcomed one of the country's top middle 'backers, Kevin Mouhon, on Saturday for an invite-only junior day.

"Things went great," Mouhon told InsideTennessee. "The facility was nice, you know. Great fan base; I love the fan base. I like how they support everything about Tennessee. I'm really loving it."

The Peach State standout sat down with first-year Vol head coach Butch Jones.

"I know a lot about coach Jones. He's a great coach. He was talking to me and telling me how much they need me," Mouhon said.

It was also an opportunity for the 6-foot-2, 215-pound middle linebacker to catch up with former Norcross (Ga.) High School classmate and current Vol wide receiver Jason Croom.

"There's a close bond between us. We've been through so much together at Norcross," Mouhon said.

Mouhon and the rest of the Blue Devils receive their GHSA Class AAAAAA state championship rings in March. A planned return trip to Rocky Top may double as a bragging opportunity for the MIKE with his former teammate.

"Hopefully, when I get it, I'm going to rub it in (Croom's) face," Mouhon said with a smile. "I really like Tennessee, so I'm going to try to come by."

Mouhon's friendship with Tennessee receiver Jason Croom (pictured) helps the Vols' chances of signing the linebacker.
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Mouhon said he doesn't have a list of top schools but listed Auburn, Georgia Tech and Tennessee as the schools recruiting him the hardest. His last visit before coming to Knoxville was to check out Georgia, and he plans to trip to Auburn this spring. The Vols helped themselves with how they treated him Saturday.

"They're up there. I mean, at least they gave me my first offer. So, I'm going to give them a chance since they gave me a chance," said Mouhon, who keeps the Vols' coming first close to his heart.

"That means a lot (for Tennessee to offer first). They took a chance, took a risk giving me the opportunity to play for their team. Most colleges didn't give me an offer at that time, so it means a lot."

The Tennessee staff took a majority of the junior day visitors and their guests over to Thompson-Boling Arena to catch the first half of the men's basketball team's 88-58 victory over Kentucky.

"That was really nice," Mouhon said. "I saw the fan base. They were crazy. I really do love the fans of Tennessee. That's going to be my main decision when I got to college — if they have a nice fan base and are supportive."

Mouhon, who makes the calls for the Norcross defense, wrapped up his junior season with 154 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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