— Tee Higgins (@teehiggins5) May 31, 2016
Oak Ridge wide receiver Tee Higgins decided he wasn’t ready to hold his commitment to the Vols this past winter after previously pledging to the Vols in the summer of 2015.
On Sunday, Higgins again said the Vols are on top, putting UT on top of his top five (that he earlier announced would be in order) ahead of Clemson, Ohio State, Florida State and Ole Miss.
Convincing Higgins that the Vols will be able to throw the ball successfully will be key in landing him. The Vols were ninth in the SEC last season in passing yardage with just 198.6 yards per game through the air, and have failed to consistently develop the highly-ranked receivers signed under Butch Jones thus far.
The Vols are hoping for more efficiency in the passing game in 2016, however, and could have a largely revamped offense in 2017 that will, perhaps, be a bit more pass-heavy based on the personnel projected to return at that point.
Here’s the full RTI recruiting profile for Higgins:
Other top offers
Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State
At one point, Tee Higgins was committed to the Vols, but on February 4th, Higgins ended his five-month commitment to Tennessee and reopened his recruitment. Higgins is one of the most highly sought-after receivers in the 2017 class and holds offers from just about every top college in the nation. The Vols showed with Jonathan Kongbo in the 2016 class that just because someone decommits from them doesn’t mean they can’t get them in the end, but the task figures to be much tougher for Higgins. Higgins put the Vols back on top of his list in late May ahead of Clemson, Ohio State, Florida State and Ole Miss.
RTI average: 4.25-stars
How He Fits
Higgins has the size and athleticism any top college program could want in a wide receiver. He’s one of the top five or six receivers in the 2017 class, and he’s an in-state recruit as well. He’s about as “must have” as a recruit can get for Tennessee.
Tennessee doesn’t necessarily need a handful of receivers in the 2017 class, but Higgins is the type of athlete you make room for in your class regardless of position. He’s even being recruited to play basketball if that tells you what kind of athlete he is.