Vols Might’ve Found This Year’s Big Sleeper Prospect

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    Last year, Tennessee’s coaches discovered wide receiver Jordan Young before any other major program late in the 2018 recruiting cycle. The Vols offered him, and immediately he started getting attention. Young went from an unranked prospect to a four-star on 247Sports.

    Young committed to the Vols, but on National Signing Day, he ended up flipping to Florida State. Unfortunately for Tennessee, they couldn’t hold on to Young. Now, however, they might’ve discovered another diamond in the rough, and they’ll do what they can to get him in the 2019 class if they have room.

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    On Friday, Tennessee sent out an offer to 2019 wide receiver Dywan Griffin. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver plays for Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans, and UT is his first Power Five offer in his recruitment.

    Griffin, who is the younger brother to former Texas A&M receiver Speedy Noil, isn’t rated by the 247Sports Composite rankings, but the regular 247Sports rankings have him rated as a three-star and the No. 625 overall player in the country. He picked up an offer from Louisiana-Monroe the same day the Vols offered him, and his only other FBS offers are from UTSA and South Alabama.

    One of the reasons Griffin has stayed under the radar for so long is because his senior year at Landry-Walker marked the first time he played football since eighth grade. And he exploded onto the scene this year.

    When looking at a receiver’s highlight film, you like to see them have a certain confidence and “swagger” about them. And Griffin certainly has that. He carries himself like you expect a top shelf receiver to do, and his confidence pays off on the field. He has some great breakaway speed, and he uses that along with his elusiveness to fool defenders and breeze past them for big gains and touchdowns. He’s a viable deep threat and is a weapon on special teams too. He’ll need to tighten up his route running in college, but he already has solid instincts there. He does a great job of high-pointing passes and makes difficult receptions look easy.

    As a senior, Griffin caught 42 passes for 931 yards and 11 touchdowns, giving him a 22.2 yard per reception average. He also returned two punts for a touchdown and returned a kick-off for a score, and he picked off two passes on defense for Landry-Walker. His lone season of high school football earned him a spot on the 1st team all-district 8-5A team.

    But Griffin wasn’t doing all this against a bunch of nobodies on the high school level.

    Griffin’s team competes in one of the tougher districts in the talent-rich New Orleans area, and he was able to tally his stats against the likes of three-star cornerback and Florida commit Chester Kimbrough, borderline four-star cornerback and Mississippi State commit Greg Brooks, and three-star cornerback and SMU commit Donald Clay.

    Now that Tennessee has offered, it will be interesting to see how Griffin’s recruitment changes. He has an official visit planned to UTSA next week, but the Vols’ offer might throw a wrench into his future plans. Teams like LSU, Virginia, and others have been showing him interest, but UT was the first to actually extend an offer to him.

    Tennessee currently has just one receiver committed to them in their 2019 class, and that’s four-star Ramel Keyton from Marietta, Georgia.