The final home game of the season is the last opportunity for the Tennessee coaching staff to get recruits to Neyland for a game-day experience. This matchup against Vanderbilt is also senior night. Fan favorites such as Jauan Jennings and Daniel Bituli will be honored before the game, so this will probably be the most packed Neyland Stadium has been all season long barring the weather. This is an opportunity for Tennessee's staff to make one last impression on several of their major targets. Let’s get to the list:
The 4-Star recruit out of Memphis is not by any means a new target for this staff. Henderson has become a prospect that could play on both sides of the ball for Tennessee. There was a long period where it seemed like Tennessee wasn’t really in his top schools, but he began to start showing interest again around the time his senior season began. This staff has begun to build a pipeline to Memphis and wants to continue that here, as they have already landed 3 defenders from Whitehaven last month in Bryson Eason, Martavius French, and Tamarion McDonald. They are also going very hard after Omari Thomas. It helps that all the top talent in Memphis are really close friends with each other as landing one will probably boost your chances of landing multiple from the area, and Henderson is no different in that aspect.
Joseph is a 6’3 230lb 4-Star Outside Linebacker out of Lakeland, Florida. He is currently committed to Florida State but is now looking at other schools because FSU fired head coach Willie Taggart a couple of weeks ago. Interest from Tennessee has always been there for Joseph despite being committed since June, so it makes sense that the Vols would get an official visit. Despite the position coach at UT being Chris Rumph, Pruitt himself has kinda spearheaded this recruitment which has paid off plenty of times in the past. Tennessee is battling not only the school that he’s committed to in FSU but also the in-state SEC team Florida Gators, as they’re set to get an OV the weekend after Tennessee. Pruitt and staff need to do a great job with this one this weekend.
Dennis is another guy that has been on the radar for quite a while now. The 6’0 175lb 4-Star CB from Lakeland, Florida is the top uncommitted priority DB left on Tennessee’s board. He has been to Knoxville multiple times in the past, but this will be his first trip back since the summer. It will be important to knock this visit out of the park as Dennis has already been on OVs to Nebraska and Oklahoma, and plans to take other to Auburn and Miami after this visit. Another thing to note is that landing a commitment here could also be a way to get back in it with his High School teammate, 4-Star WR Arian Smith. It definitely will be interesting to see how this one plays out.
A player that is being recruited for either side of the ball, Perry is not a new name to Tennessee fans but one that has shot up the recruiting board for this staff over the past month. The 6’7, 299lbs 3-Star defensive tackle from Fairfield, Alabama is extremely athletic for his size as he also plays varsity basketball for his high school. His frame is similar to that of current Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton, but he’s further along in development than Middleton was at that age. Perry has already been on multiple unofficial visits to Knoxville in the past two months and could be one to watch if the staff prioritizes him enough. The main competition here looks to be Kentucky and Ole Miss.
Barden is a 6’0, 180lbs four-star WR from Westside HS in Macon, Georgia. He is currently committed to Pittsburgh but received his Tennessee offer earlier this week, then shortly scheduled his official visit right after. This staff has been looking for another receiver to add to this class for quite a while now, and Barden fits the role of what they’re looking for: Fast, solid route runner with great ability after the catch. Barden has been on twitter recently reaffirming his commitment and looks to be really solid with Pitt, but as we all know things could change if the visit goes well. This should be an interesting name to watch going forward.
4-Star DE Tyler Baron
4-Star ILB Len’Neth Whitehead
4-Star ATH Damarcus Beckwith
3-Star RB Cameryn Beckwith
3-Star WR Holden Willis
UR CB Adrian Brown
4-Star CB Andre Turrentine (2021)
3-Star WR Adonai Mitchell (2021)
3-Star WR Tre Shackleford (2021)
4-Star WR Taylor Groves (2022)
UR K Will Bettridge (2022)
COMMITS ON CAMPUS
Elijah Howard (2021)