Four-Star In-State Receiver Announces Upcoming Visit to Tennessee

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    A highly ranked wide receiver prospect from the state of Tennessee will be in Knoxville this upcoming weekend. Wide receiver Justin Brown, a four-star prospect from Murfreesboro, TN, made his announcement on Twitter on Monday evening.

    “I will be in Knoxville this weekend,” Brown said on Twitter, tagging Tennessee Football, Vols head coach Josh Heupel, and Tennessee assistant wide receivers coach Kelsey Pope.

    Currently, Brown is a receiver for Blackman High School in the Class of 2023.

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    Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing in at 185-pounds, Brown is a dynamic athlete from the Nashville area. On3 Sports and Rivals recruiting services have Brown tagged as a four-star prospect, whereas 247Sports has Brown as a three-star. Additionally, On3 and Rivals have Brown set as the fourth-ranked overall player from the state of Tennessee, while 247 has Brown in the No. 9 slot.

    Brown has collected 21 offers throughout his recruitment including five from the SEC: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

    According to 247’s scouting report, Justin Brown “eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark and scored double-digit touchdowns” in his junior year at Blackman HS.

    Brown took three unofficial visits to games in the south during the 2021 fall college football season.

    The first visit was to Knoxville in October when the Vols took down South Carolina while debuting the “Dark Mode” uniforms. Then, one month later in November, Brown took an unofficial visit to Alabama to see the Tide host the LSU Tigers in Tuscaloosa. And finally, about two weeks later in November, Brown went to Gainesville for an unofficial visit as the Florida Gators hosted Florida State.

    Between his unofficial visits to Alabama and Florida is when Tennessee officially extended a scholarship offer to Brown.

    However, based on his announcement on Monday, it does look as though Brown will be back in Knoxville this upcoming weekend to meet with coach Heupel and his staff.

    One of the fascinating hiccups in the off-season came last week when Tennessee wide receiver coach Kodi Burns departed for the same job with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Now Tennessee will be pitching to Brown without a position coach for him when he visits this weekend. However, that doesn’t seem like it will be the biggest issue. With the way that Heupel assembled his original staff at Tennessee, it does track that Heupel will bring in another quality assistant.

    Kelsey Pope, an assistant wide receivers coach at Tennessee, was tagged in Brown’s original announcement on Twitter.

    At the time of this publication, Mar. 1, Tennessee has three prospects locked into the Vols’ class of 2023: four-star tight end Ethan Davis, three-star offensive tackle Ayden Bussell, and three-star safety Jack Luttrell.

    Tennessee’s 2023 class is currently ranked No. 19 nationally and No. 4 in the SEC by 247Sports.

    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.