It’s extremely common in college football recruiting to run across prospects with the potential to play multiple positions at the next level. Many high school teams look to utilize their best players – i.e. the top college prospects – at a handful of different positions to maximize their talent.
Most of the time those players can be pegged to a most-likely college position, but there are usually a few targets that have so much versatility that it’s tough to say how they’ll be used in college. That’s where the term “athlete” comes into recruiting vernacular.
The Vols are looking at several of those types of players in the 2017 class with a couple notable in-state names leading the way and one commitment from a versatile player already on the books.
Here’s a first look at the RTI recruiting profiles for the “athlete” position in 2017: