West Orange linebacker Corey Vereen, who is committed to the University of Tennessee, had a small mock-signing ceremony with friends, teammates, coaches and family members on Friday at the Winter Garden school.
After the festivities he told the Sentinel that even if head coach Derek Dooley were to be fired, he would remain committed to the Vols. Dooley was fired on Sunday, but Vereen, who graduates early from West Orange, still plans to enroll in January in Knoxville, Tenn.
"I wish him the best. Whatever happens, happens," said Vereen of Dooley, who was fired with one game remaining in his third season, during which the Vols compiled 15-21 record and won just four SEC games. Tennessee was embarrassed by Vanderbilt 41-18 on Saturday.
"I'm still going to stay strong in my commitment," Vereen said. "I hope everything turns out for the best with him. Based on what happens, I'm still going to go to Tennessee. It's not affecting by decision at all."
Vereen recorded 31 sacks in the past two seasons at West Orange. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder who played rush end in high school, is ranked No. 3 in the Sentinel's 2012 Central Florida Super60.
Tennesse also has another local pledge in Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley linebacker Dominic Zanca-McDonald, who is also solid to Tennessee. A voice mail message was left with Zanca-McDonald and we will update his status as soon as possible.
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