The recruiting process started early for Gabe Angel, so the 2016 Tennessee prospect started attacking it early.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tenn., already has five SEC offers and is receiving interest from several other big-time programs.
“Mississippi State was the first to jump on board and then several other SEC schools jumped on board,” Wilson Central head coach Brad Dedman said.
In addition to the Bulldogs, Angel also holds early offers from Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
“He plays wing back and slot receiver for us,” Dedman said. “At the next level, he’s probably going to be that slot/tight end type player. We throw him the ball quite a bit and we hand it to him a lot too. He’s definitely a good player on our team and does a good job when we get it in his hands.”
Angel is attracting as much interest as any recent Wilson Central player.
“He’s probably the biggest guy we’ve had recruited here in a while,” his coach said. “We had Cameron Clemmons, he went to Western Kentucky, but (Angel is) the biggest recruit we’ve had. We had one that went to North Carolina after junior college, but it’s definitely a good thing to have. He’s a very good football player.”
Angel isn’t waiting around to do research on colleges.
“He’s made a few unofficial visits,” said Dedman. “He’s made visits to Kentucky, Ole Miss and Mississippi State and another.
“He’s trying to make the rounds of all the big-time schools that are interested in him. He’s trying to be seen and enjoying the process right now.”
The process will bring him to South Bend on Saturday for Notre Dame’s home game against Navy. The Irish started recruiting the sophomore during the summer.
“I think they’re looking at him for that slot receiver role,” said Dedman. “I think they’re both gauging interest in each other a little bit. This weekend will be a big weekend for him.”
Notre Dame’s profile helped secure the trip.
“I think it’s the tradition of Notre Dame,” the coach said. “Just sitting around talking to him a little bit, I guess the mystique of Notre Dame and the name of it has drawn him in right now.”