Vols Among Top Teams for 4-Star In-State Target

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    One of the top prospects in the state of Tennessee — and a player at a position of need for the Vols — trimmed down his list of schools to just five on Saturday, and UT made the cut.

    Hudson Wolfe, a big, four-star tight end who plays for Hardin County in Savannah, Tennessee, tweeted out his top five teams on Saturday afternoon, and the Vols were included along with Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, and Ole Miss.

    The 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end is the No. 214 overall prospect, No. 9 tight end, and the fifth-best prospect in the state of Tennessee per the 247Sports Composite rankings.

    Tennessee first extended an offer to Wolfe back in late January of 2019, and he’s visited campus multiple times since then. Wolfe’s most recent trip to Knoxville came in mid-March before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down recruiting visits indefinitely. Wolfe also took a visit to see Ole Miss at the beginning of March and had a trip planned to see Ohio State before recruiting visits were shut down temporarily.

    Right now, Ohio State seems to have some momentum with Wolfe, but the Vols have been players for the talented tight end for a while. Not only that, but Tennessee has a need for at least one tight end in the 2021 cycle.

    Wolfe is built exactly how you want a tight end to look for SEC play. He has a big frame and good weight, and he could even add more and still be effective. At Hardin County, he lines up as a wide receiver often, and he has soft hands and good route-running ability. He’s not easy at all to bring down and powers forward for extra yardage. As a blocker, Wolfe gets very physical and is good blocking downfield.

    In his junior season, Wolfe caught 25 passes for 381 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games according to MaxPreps.

    Tennessee currently has seven prospects committed to them in their 2021 class, but none of those commitments are from tight ends. The Vols have six scholarship tight ends on their roster right now, and Austin Pope is set to graduate after this season. The rest of UT’s tight ends are either sophomores or freshmen or are new to the position.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.