PHOTOS: Tennessee Coaches Hit the In-Home Recruiting Trail

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    “Our staff will be on the road recruiting, and that kind of becomes the forefront here for the next week or two,” Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel said after the win over Vanderbilt. “We’ll be back next weekend and have a bowl practice or two. For our guys, they’ll have a day or two off during the course of the week, but we’ll get back in the weight room a little bit too.”

    With an emphasis on hitting the ground running on the recruiting trail, Heupel and his staff have been flying all over the country for in-home visits. From Tennessee commits, to undecided players, and even commits to other schools, the Vols’ staff is splitting up to see as many players as they can.

    Heupel, along with offensive coordinator Alex Golesh, wide receivers coach Kodi Burns, quarterbacks coach Joey Halzle, running backs coach Jerry Mack, and offensive line coach Glen Elarbee have been hard at work recruiting their positions. Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Tim Banks, defensive backs coach Willie Martinez, linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary, and Heupel have been working the defensive side of the ball.

    Below are pictures from the in-home visits posted to social media by various players or coaches around the country. Stat rankings are via 247 Sports’ recruiting database.

    Three-Star Defensive Back Christian Harrison – Tennessee Volunteers Commit

    • Class of 2022 cornerback from Woodward Academy in Atlanta, GA
    • Committed to Tennessee on Nov. 29, 2021
    • Son of former NFL star Rodney Harrison (pictured)
    • Posted on Dec. 2, 2021

    Four-Star Quarterback Tayven Jackson – Tennessee Volunteers Commit

    • Class of 2022 quarterback from Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN
    • The thirteenth-ranked quarterback in the class
    • Two-time Indiana State Champion who finished his high school career with 28 straight wins
    • Jackson will be an early enrollee in January. Committed to Tennessee on Apr. 28, 2021
    • Posted on Dec. 2, 2021

    Four-Star Running Back Justin Williams

    • Class of 2022 running back from East Paulding High School in Dallas, GA
    • Holds three crystal ball predictions to Tennessee from 247 Sports
    • Posted on Dec. 1, 2021

    Four-Star Linebacker DeMario Tolan – LSU Tigers Commit

    • Class of 2022 linebacker from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL
    • Committed to LSU on July 8, 2021
    • Tolan took an unofficial visit to Tennessee on Nov. 13, 2021
    • Posted on Dec. 1, 2021

    Four-Star Wide Receiver Chandler “C.J.” Smith – Florida Gators Commit

    • Class of 2022 wide receiver from Mt. Dora High School in Orlando, FL
    • Committed to Florida on June 20, 2021
    • Currently on campus this weekend (Dec. 3) for an official visit
    • Posted on Nov. 29, 2021

    Three-Star Cornerback Jaden Harris

    • Class of 2022 cornerback from Riverwood High School in Atlanta, GA
    • Does not currently hold an offer from Tennessee
    • Posted on Dec. 1, 2021

    Three-Star Offensive Tackle Maurice “Mo” Clipper Jr – Tennessee Volunteers Commit

    • Class of 2022 offensive lineman from Milton High School in Alpharetta, GA
    • Committed to Tennessee on July 10, 2021
    • Posted on Nov. 30, 2021

    Three-Star Wide Receiver Charles “Chas” Nimrod – Tennessee Volunteers Commit

    • Class of 2022 wide receiver from Bentonville High School in Bentonville, AR
    • Committed to Tennessee on Aug. 5, 2021
    • Posted on Dec. 1, 2021

    Three-Star Cornerback Amari Jackson – Boston College Commit

    • Class of 2022 cornerback from Eagle’s Landing High School in Mcdonough, GA
    • Committed to Boston College on June 26, 2021
    • Three-sport athlete in football, track, and basketball, winning the Georgia State Basketball Championship during his junior year
    • Posted on Dec. 2, 2021

    Blackmon High School in Murfreesboro, TN – 11/30/21

     

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.