When Tennessee first hired Jeremy Pruitt as head coach, Vol fans were hoping for an instant impact from him and his staff on the recruiting trail with the first ever early signing period in college football only a couple weeks away. And they got just that.
Pruitt and company were able to sign some highly-rated players during the early signing period for Tennessee despite only being on the job less than two weeks. And the biggest addition to Tennessee’s 2018 class at that time was four-star tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson.
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Wood-Anderson was the No. 1 junior college tight end in the 2018 recruiting cycle and was the No. 9 overall JUCO player in the class. The four-star JUCO tight end was being heavily pursued by Alabama, Texas A&M, and Florida State before Pruitt took over at Tennessee, and in just a few short days Pruitt was able to snag Wood-Anderson away from those schools.
The original plan was for Wood-Anderson to enrollee early for the spring. But as reported back in early January, he had to delay his enrollment while he finished up some academic requirements.
“It was a little disappointing,” Wood-Anderson told 247Sports at the time. “But as long as I get there, I’m fine with that. I just want to get there.”
Well, now he’s finally “there.”
Wood-Anderson tweeted out on Wednesday afternoon that he’ll be boarding a flight to Knoxville on Wednesday night and will be on Tennessee’s campus to take classes for the summer.
— 16Reasons (@TheRealYungDom) May 9, 2018
The talented tight end is the second 2018 signee for Tennessee to join the roster this summer. Three-star defensive lineman Kingston Harris tweeted out earlier this week that he finally enrolled in classes at UT after he wasn’t able to enroll early like planned either.
Wood-Anderson was the fifth-highest rated player to sign with Tennessee for their 2018 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’ll compete with redshirt junior Eli Wolf, redshirt sophomore Austin Pope, redshirt sophomore Ja’Quain Blakely, sophomore James Brown, and freshman Jacob Warren at the position for playing time this fall. Most are projecting Wood-Anderson will earn the No. 1 tight end spot for the Vols for the 2018 season.