LB Corey Vereen sticking with Tennessee

Four-star linebacker Corey Vereen (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) wasn’t surprised to hear of the immediate dismissal of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley.

Still, he couldn’t hide his disappointment.

“Coach Dooley is a good family man, just a great man overall,” said Vereen, who committed to Tennessee in March. “He was a guy that I felt good about immediately because he was genuine and honest.

“It’s real disappointing because I wanted to be part of that new group of young players that was going to turn things around for him. If anyone deserved a better outcome, it was him.”

The good news for Tennessee is that Vereen said his commitment is solid.

“I will be in Knoxville in January and this move doesn’t affect my decision,” Vereen added. “If they aren’t happy with me, that will be another issue. But I’m planning on sticking to my commitment.”

Vereen said he would be surprised if most of the members of Tennessee’s class didn’t feel disappointment for Dooley, but the 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior said he will focus on being the best player he can for the next coach.

“It’s going to be much different without coach Dooley, but unfortunately that’s the business and you have to push on,” Vereen said. “You can’t focus on who’s going to be the next coach. I just have to focus on being the best player and person I can be for the next coach when he gets here.”