Recruits React to Tennessee Visits on Saturday

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    (Photo via @tateratledge22 on Twitter)

    This Saturday was another busy day for Tennessee’s football staff, and they once again got some help from the basketball team.

    Tennessee hosted another big Junior Day event on Saturday, and tons of 2020 prospects were in Knoxville. They weren’t the only ones, though; Tennessee also had a couple 2019 recruits in town and several 2021 prospects as well. The recruits got to attend No. 1 Tennessee’s match-up with West Virginia in front of the largest Thompson-Boling Arena crowd of the season, and many recruits also got to meet with coaches and UT AD Phillip Fulmer. Some recruits also got to tour some of UT’s facilities.

    Here’s a look at what some of the recruits who were in town had to say about their visits.

    Three-star 2019 defensive tackle Julian Hawkins was one of the few 2019 prospects in Knoxville over the weekend. It’s believed Hawkins may be being looked at as a potential walk-on, but he could also be a late scholarship addition to the 2019 class. Either way, he enjoyed his visit to Tennessee on Saturday.

    Paris Johnson Jr. is the No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2020 class and is a consensus five-star. He committed to Ohio State back in June of last year, but Tennessee convinced him to come on a visit this weekend. UT’s basketball team impressed him.

    Four-star 2020 offensive tackle Tate Ratledge from Rome, Georgia got to meet Phillip Fulmer during his visit to Knoxville.

    Darrion Henry, a four-star defensive end from Cincinnati, said he “had a great time” in Knoxville while attending UT’s basketball game. Both he and the aforementioned Paris Johnson play in Cincinnati.

    Noah Collins from Grayson High School in the 2021 class said he had a great visit and picked up an offer from Tennessee while in Knoxville. Grayson is the high school where five-star Vol signee Wanya Morris played.

    Victoine Brown is a defensive end who also plays for Grayson. His stock has recently started to rise. He just picked up an offer from LSU recently.

    Ga’Quincy McKinstry is a four-star 2021 cornerback from Alabama. He got to hang out with Jeremy Pruitt for part of his visit.

    Three-star 2021 wide receiver JaCyais Credle said he “absolutely enjoyed” his visit to Knoxville. He plays for Carver and is teammates with four-star running back Jo’Quavious Marks in the 2020 class — who was also in Knoxville this weekend. He got to hang out with new UT staff member Tee Martin.

    Daniel Martin is a wide receiver in the 2022 class who plays for Marietta High School in Georgia. He picked up an offer from the Vols while on a visit. His quarterback and current UT commit, four-star Harrison Bailey, was with him on his visit.