Committed players can serve as de facto assistant coaches and recruiting coordinators sometimes as teams look to finish out their recruiting classes strong.
Tennessee running back Carlin Fils-Aime is working hard on Naples, Fla., defensive back/wide receiver Tyler Byrd, a Miami commitment, who is planning to visit Tennessee on what is shaping up to be a big final recruiting weekend for the Vols starting Jan. 29.
— Tyler Byrd (@D1fuzzymuffin17) January 25, 2016
Fils-Aime is not only a high school teammate of Byrd’s, the two have also reportedly lived together for five years. Tennessee has another strong ally in his recruitment. Tight ends coach Larry Scott recruited Byrd at Miami when Scott was the interim head coach for the Hurricanes following the dismissal of former head coach Al Golden.
Scott has helped the Vols get involved with a number of Florida prospects, including Byrd.
Byrd is an Army All-American, who is rated as the No. 86 overall player in the nation, according to 247Sports. Tennessee now has 17 committed prospects and is expected to take approximately 20 players in this class. Safety Nigel Warrior, offensive lineman Landon Dickerson, defensive end Jonathan Kongbo III, defensive tackle Derrick Brown and Byrd are among the top targets the Vols are continuing to pursue down the stretch.