December 31, 2013

Vols 'Quarte' Georgia 4-star

Alpharetta, Ga., outside linebacker Quarte Sapp has been going up against some of the best the Peach State has to offer all week in preparation for today's AT&T Junior Bowl in Atlanta.

"It reminds me a lot of playing in our district," Sapp said. "There are so many good players out here it can only make you better to go up against this competition. It just shows me that I have to continue working hard because no matter how good you think you are, others are always pushing to pass you up."

At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, Sapp show cases great range and speed. His ability to play different roles in the defense is pivotal as he grows as a player.

"I feel like I'm versatile playing linebacker, but I can cover so I can stay in on 3rd and long situations," Sapp said. "Those are some of my strengths, but I can get better in a lot of areas. My weakness is probably inside run and getting off blocks. Those are things I'm working on every day."

With offers from some of the nation's elite programs, Sapp continues to take a smooth and laidback approach to the recruiting process. He knows what he's looking for and just has to find the right mix.

"I'm looking for a balance really," Sapp said. "I want a place with good academics, but I also want a place that is playing at a high level and that competes for championships."

In the mix is Tennessee and the Vols have asserted themselves thanks to running backs coach Robert Gillespie.

"He believed me from the beginning," Sapp said. "He is a laid back guy. I've not seen him coaching up close, but he has been completely honest with me. He keeps it real and that means a lot to me."

So what about a decision? It's up in the air for now, but could happen sooner than later.

"I was looking to commit on my birthday on March 6th," Sapp said. "After this, I want to see if any other offers come from playing in this game. I'd like to take a few more visits and see what others have to offer."

Rivals.com rank Sapp as a 4-star outside linebacker in the class of 2015.

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