Byron Young's recruitment saw a quick uptick last fall while he was a Georgia Military College. Young quickly became one of the most sought-after junior college prospects in the country. He rolled in over 15 offers, and he ended up signing at Tennessee in a bit of a surprise announcement during the early signing period.
"It just felt like the right time," Young told VR2 on SI at the time. "I felt really great about the program, and I am most excited about moving on to the next level and competing."
Young quickly caught the Tennessee staff's attention and his peers as off-season workouts started with his physical stature alone.
Now, he is through six practices with the Vols, and he is continuing to impress, according to Tyler Baron.
"In terms of Byron Young, you won't see many more people gifted more than he is, just by God," Baron said of Young earlier today. "Byron, he comes to work every single day. I can't even speak to it."
"He's been great, just having him along with us, bringing his experience from the level of football he's played. He is going to have a great season. It is dumbfounding. He is very impressive."
Tennessee lost Deandre Johnson to the transfer portal, and Kivon Bennett left the team following a drug-related arrest, leaving Tennessee to replace a bulk of their production off of the edge. Young and Baron will look to do that this fall, as both have worked with their hands in the dirt and stacked back as linebackers.
Morven Joseph and Roman Harrison are likely to move inside at linebacker to help Tennessee from a depth standpoint, leaving room for Baron and Young to be immediate contributors this fall.