Tee Higgins Still Has Vols No. 1

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    The Vols got some good news from five-star wide receiver and in-state prospect Tee Higgins on Friday even though he was on Clemson’s campus for most of the past week.

    Higgins had been on Clemson’s campus for three days during the past week, but in an interview with TigerNet.com, Higgins stated the Vols are still his leader right now.

    “I’m not sure when I’ll make a decision,” Higgins told Tiger Net’s David Hood. “The visit helped for Clemson. Tennessee is still number one right now. Clemson made it closer. Tennessee, Clemson, and Ohio State are the top three right now, but I’m also looking at Florida State and Ole Miss.”

    According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Higgins is the No. 1 player in the state of Tennessee and the No. 15 overall player in the country. The regular 247Sports rankings have him as the No. 1 wide receive and No. 7 overall player in the country.

    Higgins was committed to Tennessee previously, but he opened up his recruitment again in early February of 2016. Since then, Higgins has stated the Vols remain his favorite despite a hard push from both Clemson and Ohio Sate.

    Here is our recruiting profile on the highly-touted in-state recruit:

    TeeHigginsWide Receiver – 2017 Class
    6-5, 190 pounds
    Oak Ridge, TN (Oak Ridge)

    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.


    247Sports: ★★★★★
    ESPN.com: ★★★
    Scout.com: ★★★★

    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.


    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.