Knoxville will host the Johnny Majors Classic between Tennessee and Pittsburgh this Saturday and host a few of the class of 2022 recruits. And some of the talented prospects that Tennessee is trying to bring in. The Vols’ top two recruits in the class, Addison Nichols and Tayven Jackson plan to be in attendance for the game. In addition, in-state class of 2023 linebacker Ethan Crisp will also be in Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
The highest-rated recruit in the Tennessee class is Addison Nichols, who committed to Tennessee on Aug. 2. The four-star offensive lineman confirmed to Rocky Top Insider on Wednesday that he plans to head to Knoxville this weekend for the game. Nichols is a standout player in Josh Heupel’s Tennessee class, and Saturday’s game will be his first chance to see Heupel’s Vols live and up close.
The same will be true for Tennessee’s top-rated quarterback and second-highest commit in the class, Tayven Jackson. Tennessee’s four-star commit tweeted on Monday that he will be in Neyland Stadium for the Vols’ game against Pitt.
“I will be at the Tennessee game this week!!!” Jackson said on Twitter. “Against Pitt!! GO VOLS”
Tayven Jackson’s commitment to Tennessee was back in April, just a few months after Heupel arrived. Jackson was one of Heupel’s first commitments to the class, which shows the mutual trust and belief the two have in each other. Being one of the first in the room, Jackson has welcomed the challenge of setting the tone for the class. And, he knows that as one of the first, he has a responsibility to recruit for the class. Which is something that he and Nichols both have connected on before their arrival in Knoxville.
“[Coach Heupel’s] been recruiting guys that fit that culture perfectly,” Nichols said to Rocky Top Insider in August. “I feel like me and some of the other commits, like Tayven Jackson, will be able to do our jobs of committing some other guys that will fit really well, and I’m excited to get it rolling. I feel like we can get it turned around fast, and it will be good. Tennessee will be back in the races soon.”
In addition, Mount Juliet linebacker Ethan Crisp will also be in the stadium for Tennessee’s game against Pittsburgh. Crisp, who is a three-star according to 247 Sports, sent a tweet on Monday to announce his unofficial visit to Tennessee. Crisp has received several SEC offers, including Auburn, Florida, and Kentucky.
— Ethan Crisp – OLB/S (@EthanCrisp12) September 6, 2021
The Tennessee Vols’ class of 2022 is ranked tenth in the SEC. In addition, the Vols come in at No. 28 nationally. As far as the class of 2023 goes, Tennessee has already hit the ground running. Last month, three-star safety Jack “White Lightning” Luttrell was the first recruit to join Tennessee’s 2023 class.
The top two 2022 Tennessee recruits, Addison Nichols and Tayven Jackson, will be in Tennessee this weekend.