ESPN 300 LB Grace to visit Tennessee


ESPN 300 linebacker Jermaine Grace (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) is planning to take his first official visit to Tennessee in two weeks.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker says Miami is still his favorite, but he's excited to see other programs.

"Miami is the only place I've been, so I have nothing to really compare it to," Grace said. "But I'm looking forward to seeing Tennessee when they host the Florida Gators.

"I've heard that the campus is pretty, the people are very nice and all the facilities are new. I want to check it out."

Grace said he would also like to visit Alabama, but is waiting for an offer first. He says the Alabama coaches stay in constant contact. He might also go to West Virginia at some point during the season. The Mountaineers roster is filled with former Miramar standouts, including quarterback Geno Smith and wide receiver Steadman Bailey.

Miami is thought to be the favorite because Grace's best friends, Miami freshmen Tracy Howard and Malcolm Lewis, are there and lobbying for him to join them.

"Tracy always tries to put a few things about Miami in my ear," Grace said. "I think I could have a role on Miami's defense."

The senior was on the wrong side of a 41-6 decision against Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee on Sunday but says that he can take plenty from this game.

"We played them hard for a half, but they are a great team and you have to be tough all four quarters," Grace said. "We'll take this game and be better for it."