Instate, Three-Star Offensive Lineman Commits To Tennessee

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    Mid-state offensive lineman Ayden Bussell committed to the home state Volunteers Monday. Bussell is Tennessee’s third commit in the class of 2023.

    Bussell ranks as a three-star recruit and the nation’s 554th best prospect according to the On3 consensus rankings. The offensive tackle ranks as the 46th best player at his position nationally and as the 19th best player in the state of Tennessee.

    The 6-foot-4, 291 pound offensive lineman visited Knoxville earlier this month for the Vols’ junior day and after thinking it over for a week decided Tennessee was the place for him.

    Bussell plays his prep football at Mt. Juliet High School outside of Nashville, one of the best programs in the state of Tennessee. The offensive tackle also holds offers from Memphis, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and more.

    Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel made recruiting the state of Tennessee an emphasis once taking over as the head coach. That emphasis did not come to fruition in year one as Tennessee signed just two players instate and only one player in the state’s top 20.

    Bussell becomes Tennessee’s first instate commit in the 2023 class and is the first offensive lineman commit. Tennessee offensive line coach Glen Elarbee and the rest of the Vols’ staff made Bussell a priority early on and were able to snag the commitment.

    The offensive tackle is Tennessee’s third commit in the 2023 class, joining three star Jack Luttrell and four-star Ethan Davis.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.