Henry To’oto’o, LB
Typically, pulling away elite recruits from the west coast is no easy task. But the Vols are in great position to do just that with borderline five-star linebacker Henry To’oto’o.
The De La Salle linebacker has a close relationship with Tennessee assistant coach and former Vol player Kevin Simon and Tennessee’s tight ends coach and recruiting extraordinaire Brian Niedermeyer. Simon himself is an alum of De La Salle, and that’s one of the big reasons why To’oto’o is heavily considering the Vols.
Unfortunately for Tennessee, their main competition for To’oto’o, Alabama, also has a De La Salle alum on their coaching staff.
Alabama’s defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi played for and graduated from De La Salle as well, and the Tide seem to hold a slight edge over the Vols right now in To’oto’o’s recruitment. Washington and Utah are two darkhorse teams to keep an eye on, but most recruiting analysts seem to think this is an Alabama-Tennessee battle.
To’oto’o has already taken official visits to Washington and Utah, and he flirted with the idea of taking a visit to Knoxville during this past season. That never panned out, though. He did take an unofficial trip to Tennessee back in June, however.
Right now, To’oto’o is the No. 41 overall player and No. 2 outside linebacker in the 2019 class. He’s also the fifth-best player in the state of California.