They’ll never get to see that happen as Stokes has moved on to play in the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies, but perhaps the next best thing would be to land Stokes’ younger brother, Isaiah Stokes, who is climbing in the national ranks as one of the top football and basketball prospects in the 2017 class.
The Vols’ football staff extended an offer to the younger Stokes on Monday, becoming the first program to officially get in the hunt for the 6-foot-7, 260-pound man-child of a prospect, who currently plays at the Lausanne School in Memphis, Tenn.
#Vols are the first school to offer 2017 in-state OL Isaiah Stokes from Memphis (Tenn.) Lausanne Collegiate School
— Mike Farrell (@mfarrellsports) December 9, 2014
There are a lot of questions of what Stokes’ athletic future holds. He could certainly play major college football, basketball or maybe even both. And even within football, it’s hard to say what position he’d end up at, possibly projecting as a defensive lineman, a tight end or even an offensive tackle if his frame filled out even more. Regardless, he seems to have a bright future in front of him and the Vols are hoping to factor into that.
Isaiah Stokes might best be known for the picture of him playing youth football where he is towering over the ball carrier he’s trying to tackle. Tennessee fans hope this is an accurate representation of what that looks like in the SEC if Stokes does end up playing for the Vols:
(Special thanks to RTI friend Austin Huff of KorkedBats.com for the photoshop job. Check out his hilarious site and follow him on Twitter @AustinHuff)