It would appear a big raise is in Brian Niedermeyer’s future.
Tennessee’s tight ends coach has officially been named 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year in the 2019 recruiting cycle. Niedermeyer served as the Vols’ tight ends coach this past season, his first as an on-field coach at the FBS level. He just turned 30 back in December.
Niedermeyer was crucial in Tennessee landing some of the top prospects in their 2019 class. He was the Vols’ primary recruiter for five-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright, four-star linebacker Henry To’oto’o, four-star athlete Quavaris Crouch, four-star cornerback Tyus Fields, four-star tight end Jackson Lowe, and three-star tight end Sean Brown in UT’s 2019 class. He was also the secondary recruiter for four-star JUCO defensive tackle Savion Williams.
This past season, Niedermeyer was Tennessee’s lowest-paid assistant coach on staff. In his first year with the Vols, Niedermeyer earned $205,000 for his efforts on and off the field.
It’s safe to say he’ll be getting a bump in pay heading into his second year with Tennessee.
Before joining the Vols, Niedermeyer was essentially an unknown name outside of coaching circles. Vol fans certainly didn’t know who he was when Jeremy Pruitt hired him to coach tight ends at Tennessee.
Niedermeyer’s first job was at his alma mater at Arkansas Pine Bluff as a student assistant in 2012. He went from there to Miami as a volunteer assistant, taught receivers at East Texas Baptist University in 2014, served as a grad assistant at Georgia in 2015, and then joined Alabama as a grad assistant in 2016. He was the Tide’s Director of Recruiting Operations in 2017 before Pruitt brought him to Tennessee.
Pruitt first met Niedermeyer at Georgia in 2015, and the two have worked together ever since.
Along with the prospects Niedermeyer was the primary recruiter for in the 2019 cycle, he was also Tennessee’s primary recruiter for four-star JUCO tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson, four-star JUCO defensive end Jordan Allen, and three-star JUCO offensive tackle Jahmir Johnson in UT’s 2018 class.
Niedermeyer finished just ahead of Texas pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer for the National Recruiter of the Year. Former Alabama defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi finished third. The only other Tennessee assistants to finish in 247Sports’ top-100 recruiters in the 2019 cycle were offensive line coach Will Friend (55th) and wide receivers coach David Johnson (61st)