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Tennessee Football Recruiting: Tuesday Roundup

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News and speculation for the beginning of your week.

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McKenzie trolls Alabama fans on twitter

After poking Vandy and Alabama fans on twitter over the weekend, Vol legacy Kahlil McKenzie continued to stir the pot by retweeting some of the vitriolic comments directed at him and then hitting back directly at his Alabama haters:

McKenzie also took aim at Alabama offensive line commitment Richie Petitbon whom he embarrassed at the Opening, tweeting:

Williams leaves Auburn visit early

Longtime Tennessee commitment four star wide receiver Preston Williams left his official visit to Auburn earlier than scheduled on Saturday. Following his departure, rumors began to swirl that he was sent home by the Auburn coaching staff for wearing Vols gear during the visit and goofing off. Wide receivers coach Zach Azzani has consistently stayed on top of Williams and that attention has paid off, as the talented recruit remains committed to the Vols despite interest from Georgia, Auburn, and other schools. He tweeted a picture of Butch Jones from the in-home visit last week:

Bussey visits Texas A&M

Tennessee three star running back commit Kendall Bussey visited College Station this weekend and remains a threat to flip to the Aggies. Texas A&M has only a single running back committed in the 2015 class (Jay Bradford) and coaches are undoubtedly using the multiple running backs in the Tennessee class as ammunition against the Vols. While Bussey's father seems to think that Tennessee is the best fit for his son, Bussey himself seems undecided.

On the one hand, Bussey advised Tennessee linebacker target Quart'e Sapp to commit to the Vols:

On the other, Bussey refused to comment on Texas A&M and instead tweeted that the media needed to leave him alone:

Rumored Vols target Camion Patrick visits Auburn

Patrick at East Mississippi C.C.

Image courtesy Knoxville News-Sentinel

JUCO wide receiver and former Tennessee class of 2013 recruit Camion Patrick visited Auburn yesterday, but left without an offer. Patrick originally committed to Tennessee out of Knoxville West High School, but struggled with his academics and was unable to qualify. Vols coaches helped place him at East Mississippi Community College, where he used his size and strength (6'2, 215) to dominate the local competition. Patrick has largely flown under the recruiting radar because his grades are once again in question -- his eligibility year (2015 or 2016) depends on his academic performance this semester. With space tight in this year's class, the Vols would likely prefer to accept Patrick's commitment as an early enrollee for the class of 2016.

Former Tennessee targets Jefferson and Frasier flip commitments

In-state four star wide receiver and one time Tennessee target Van Jefferson committed to Ole Miss over the weekend. Jefferson, the son of Titans wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, played at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, where he led the Raptors to the playoffs. He decommitted from Georgia two weeks ago and quickly set up visits at Oklahoma and Ole Miss. Red Cup Rebellion has more on his commitment, but with numbers tight, Jefferson hasn't been a priority for Tennessee in months.

Another former Tennessee target, four star running back Johnny Frasier, flipped his commitment from Florida State to N.C. State as expected this weekend. Tennessee coaches pursued Frasier when it became clear that the distance from Tallahassee to his hometown of Princeton, North Carolina would be a significant factor in his recruitment. However, the commitment of three star Louisiana running back Kendall Bussey closed the door on the possibility of Frasier coming to Knoxville.