Recruiting camps can be a great way for college coaching staffs to view prospects in a controlled environment in order to better evaluate players. Often times, it can open or close doors for recruits that don’t necessarily have the star power of some of the nation’s top players. Tennessee hosted a football camp this past weekend, and one of the defensive tackles who attended is leaving with an offer.
Jared Harrison-Hunte is from Middle Village, New York. He tweeted Saturday that he is “blessed to receive an offer” from the Vols.
— Jared H. Hunte🌺✨ (@jaredhunte19) June 23, 2018
Harrison-Hunte is a three-star defensive tackle per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He is currently ranked as the 522nd-best player in the country, 33rd-best player at his position, and second-best player in the state of New York.
The 6-foot-4, 286-pound prospect is currently on quite the tear in the summer camp circuit. In the past two weeks, he has attended camps at and subsequently received offers from both Penn State and Ohio State. He holds offers from more than 20 schools, including LSU and Georgia as well.
New York is relatively unfamiliar territory for the Vols. Not one player on the roster is from the state, and Jeremy Pruitt, Tyson Helton and Kevin Sheerer never signed a player from New York in their previous coaching stops.
Ohio State, one of the schools they’ll be recruiting against, signed the top two players in New York in 2018.
Harrison-Hunte is an athletic player, occasionally lining up at tight end as well as defensive tackle for Christ the King Regional High School. At 6-foot-4, 286 pounds, he has good size for his position but not too much weight to make him unathletic.
Right now, Harrison-Hunte doesn’t have much film on the internet, and most of what’s available is of him playing tight end. Even from that little bit of film, though, his talent is evident. He moves exceptionally well for his size and is a physical player. He is a pretty solid blocker as a tight end which shows that he is good at the point of attack. It wouldn’t be out of the question for him to change positions in college. If he were to slim down some and gain some lean muscle, he could make for a good tight end prospect. Or he could move outside on the line and play defensive end.
As a junior, Harrison-Hunte caught 23 passes for 227 yards and also recovered a fumble on defense while making 11 tackles according to MaxPreps.
Harrison-Hunte is a versatile player as well, and he gives the coaches plenty of options. He is not your typical space-eating defensive tackle. He can make plays in the run game and as a pass rusher. He is comfortable flexing out to a 3 technique or even all the way out wide as a defensive end. He is certainly one of those players that coaches feel they’ll have the ability to develop.
Tennessee’s coaches were impressed enough to extend an offer to Harrison-Hunte while he was on campus, and he will continue to receive plenty of attention from the Vols as his recruitment progresses.