Report: Knoxville Native Joining Josh Heupel’s Recruiting Staff

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    North Carolina football general manager Billy High is leaving Chapel Hill to join Tennessee’s coaching staff, Inside Carolina first reported Saturday.

    High’s specific title isn’t clear but expectations are for him to work in a similar recruiting role that he did at North Carolina.

    Mack Brown hired High in January of 2019 shortly after taking over as UNC’s head coach. High oversaw recruiting evaluations and operations, on-campus recruiting and all other recruiting activities in his three years with North Carolina.

    The Tar Heels have recruited extremely well since Brown took over including 247sports’ No. 8 recruiting class — the highest ranked UNC class in the modern era.

    Before his time in Chapel Hill, High worked for two years at Auburn including the latter as Director of Recruiting and as a defensive quality control coach for former Tennessee assistant Mark Elder at Eastern Kentucky.

    High has deep ties to Knoxville, graduating from the Christian Academy of Knoxville and the University of Tennessee. After college, High served as a CAK assistant football coach for four seasons.

    The new recruiting assistant’s brother — Charlie High — is an offensive scouting assistant and came to Knoxville with Heupel from Central Florida.

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