The Tennessee River is approximately 652 miles long. It stretches south from Illinois, winding through the Volunteer State.
At one point along that river sits Savannah, Tennessee, home of Tennessee defensive lineman LaTrell Bumphus and 2021 Vol commit Hudson Wolfe.
After starring for the Tigers from 2013 to 2016, Bumphus found a new spot on that river when he took the field in Neyland Stadium.
Since then, he has become a focal point for the Vols’ defensive line.
Wolfe, meanwhile, is headed to Knoxville in January after sitting out this fall due to a back injury for which he’s currently rehabbing.
But Jeremy Pruitt isn’t done paddling through west Tennessee just yet.
The Vols are still eyeing Hardin County, as 2022 prospect Kaydin Pope leads the Tigers through the rest of this season.
Pope works as a wide receiver and safety for the Tigers, showing quickness and impressive agility on both sides of the ball.
He and Bumphus are also cousins.
Pope has offers from Tennessee and Kentucky in the SEC, as well as Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky and Memphis to round out the list.
During practice this week, he took a few minutes to chat with VR2 on SI.
Pope discussed his relationships with Wolfe and Bumphus, his versatility across the field, what he’s heard from Tennessee coaches and much more.
He also mentioned later that Wolfe has talked about attending UT together but that, ultimately, the decision is up to Pope.
“Would love to play with my guy again,” Pope said of Wolfe. “I know we will meet again in the league.”
For the full interview and highlights, check out the video above.