Tennessee Safety Commit Talks Early Graduation Plans

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    Joining the Tennessee Football program can’t come soon enough for Jack Luttrell.

    The three-star safety from Moultrie, Georgia has been one of the Vols’ top recruiters in the class after becoming the first commit to sign to Heupel’s class of 2023 last July.

    Luttrell was in Knoxville over the weekend for two big events: Tennessee’s spring game/recruiting weekend and the Pylon 7-on-7 tournament. While at the tournament, Luttrell primarily played at the safety position and was solid in his coverage. During one of the games on Saturday morning, Luttrell was able to show his athleticism with an acrobatic interception in the endzone.

    However, Luttrell didn’t just play the defensive back position over the weekend. The three-star safety also took some runs at the wide receiver position as a multi-talented player on the field.

    While speaking with Rocky Top Insider after the tournament on Sunday, Luttrell talked about his plans for this winter.

    “Just watching those guys fly around, have fun, being in that orange and white jersey,” Luttrell said in the interview. “I mean, I’m over on the sideline and my hair is standing up because I know when December comes and bowl practices roll around, I’ll be up here for those. I’m going to early graduate in December to get up here for the bowl practices. I’m just ready to be a part of it. Something great is happening at Tennessee and it’s only going up.”

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    It does sound as though Luttrell is planning on heading up to Knoxville early and even joining the team for bowl practices later at the end of this year. While it doesn’t happen too often, it did happen as recently as this last offseason.

    Tennessee freshman defensive lineman Jordan Phillips was an early enrollee last December and had the opportunity to take part in the Vols’ pre-Music City Bowl practices.

    “It helped me out a lot,” Phillips said at the start of the Vols’ spring camp about practicing early in December. “Part of the reason why it helped me out is because, just getting into this week’s practice on Monday, expecting the fast tempo and the fast pace and the intensity of the practice. Bowl practices really did help out a lot.”

    In addition, according to Phillips, it wasn’t too difficult of a decision.

    “The decision to enroll early, it wasn’t hard at all. Just being here on campus and just having a lot of good academic support, from the people in the Thorton Center, it really has helped a lot,” Phillips said. “One thing about it, it really has helped me get a kickstart on my college career and just getting the cold college environment before I’m able to get into next fall so it’s helped out a lot.”

    Three-star safety Jack Luttrell is looking to do the same thing on Rocky Top come this December. After building such a strong relationship with the coaching staff and other players, Luttrell just wants to be in the building.

    “It’s just how much they care for you,” Luttrell said about the Vols’ coaches on Sunday. “No matter if it’s you go home in the classroom, you go home and it’s with your high school team, or if its on the weekend with a 7-on-7 team you’ve never played for, they’re going to check in on you. They’re going to call your parents. They make sure you’re doing what’s right, you’re on track. Because they want you at your best for when you get here.”

    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.