Tennessee’s new coaching staff are swinging for the fences as they try to close out the Vols’ 2018 recruiting class. Only time will tell if they strike out, hit a home run, or bloop a single into the outfield.
Regardless, the Vols’ staff is trying. And they’re at least making the final cut on some of the top prospects in the class.
The Vols are already finalists for players like Quay Walker, Olaijah Griffin, Jashaun Corbin, Emmit Gooden, and Taiyon Palmer. Now they can add another highly-rated player to that list.
Tre’Shaun Harrison, a four-star athlete out of Seattle, announced his final four teams on Instagram on Monday, and Tennessee was one of the four teams that made the cut. The Vols are joined by Oregon, Florida State, and Utah as well. He also revealed that he will make his announcement at 7:45 AM Pacific time on National Signing Day, which will be 10:45 Eastern. Harrison is listed as the No. 160 overall player and No. 7 athlete in the 2018 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Harrison committed to Oregon back in late June of 2017, but he re-opened his recruitment in the midst of all the speculation around the Ducks’ head coaching position and decommitted on December 3rd. Oregon’s former head coach, Willie Taggart, offered Harrison at Florida State on December 8th, and the Vols followed suit just two weeks later and extended an offer to him on December 22nd.
Tennessee got an official visit from Harrison back on January 20th, and that visit came a week after Harrison visited Utah. He has since taken visits to Oregon and Florida State in that order.
As a senior, Harrison totaled 1,102 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 55 receptions according to Max Preps. Harrison was a multi-faceted athlete who played on offense, defense, and special teams for Garfield High School. He projects to play receiver in college.
Harrison is an electrifying athlete who has the rare blend of solid size and blazing speed that all offensive coordinators crave in a receiver. He’s listed at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, and he reportedly ran a 4.35 40-yard dash time. And his speed is evident in his highlight film, as is his elusiveness.
Harrison turns several intermediate passes into big plays and houses both a punt return and kickoff return on his tape. He’s easily the fastest player on the field on almost every play on his film, but he somehow finds an extra gear when it already looks like he’s running quickly. Harrison is not only fast, but he’s slippery as well. He breaks out of many tackles and fights for extra yardage on several plays.
Tennessee needs players like Harrison on offense, and landing a dynamic athlete like him would be huge for Pruitt and his staff in their first year at Tennessee. Florida State is the favorite to land Harrison, however, thanks to his relationship with Willie Taggart.