Head coach Jeremy Pruitt emphasized the importance of the spring game in relation to recruiting in a press conference Tuesday, and several prospects will be in Knoxville this weekend. The majority are unofficial visits, but a couple of coveted prospects will be on official visits. One of those is four-star 2019 offensive tackle Wanya Morris, and another is a highly-rated receiver from the Lone Star State.
Jalen Curry, a four-star wide receiver from Houston, Texas, tweeted out that he would be in Knoxville this weekend on an official visit.
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Curry plays for St. Pius X, one of the better high schools in Texas. He is teammates with some top prospects in the 2019 class as well. Grant Gunnell, one of the top quarterbacks in the country, is his teammate and a player the Vols have offered as well.
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Curry is the No. 94 overall player and 19th-ranked receiver in the country. He’s also the No. 9 player in the state of Texas.
This will be the first time Curry has visited Tennessee. The Vols just offered him January 11th of this year, and they joined an offer list consisting of over 30 FBS programs. Despite the long list of offers, Tennessee is towards the top of his interests. He recently released a top 10, and the Vols made the cut. Wide receivers coach David Johnson has done a good job as the lead recruiter for Curry, and has the Vols very much in the mix. Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Florida State, and Ohio State are some of the other schools towards the top of his interests.
As a junior last season, Curry posted some eye-popping numbers. He totaled 1,576 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns on 122 catches for St. Pius X according to MaxPreps. Having a quarterback like Gunnell helps, and there has been some speculation the decision of Gunnell could impact Curry’s choice of college as well.
Curry’s highlight film displays his athleticism, and he knows how to use his 6-foot-3 frame to get leverage against defenders. He can high point a deep pass and has a good amount of speed to go along with his tall body. His body control is a strength, and he is an above average route runner. He possesses the physicality necessary to beat press coverage or block in the run game.
Curry is a star in the making, and that reflects in his offer list. Getting him on campus for an official visit is a big step in his recruitment for Tennessee. Neyland Stadium and the rest of the athletic facilities are a strong pull factor for most recruits, so once you get a player on campus, anything can happen.
For a school that has deemed itself Wide Receiver U in the past, they need to bring in top talent. And Curry would be a huge get.