Tennessee Gaining Ground With Former Heupel UCF Receiver

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    Tennessee looks to be rapidly gaining ground in the race to land former UCF wide receiver Jaylon Robinson.

    According to a report from 247 Sports’ Rusty Mansell on Saturday, Robinson is down to two schools: Josh Heupel’s Tennessee Volunteers and Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss Rebels. The former UCF wideout is currently in Knoxville this weekend for an official visit with his former coach. Heupel and Robinson were paired up for one year together at UCF, which paved way for Robinson to have a breakout year.

    Robinson began his football journey as a three-star prospect in the 2018 class. The Fort Worth, Texas native chose to take his talent to Oklahoma but did not see much production during the 2018 season.

    After his debut year with Oklahoma, Robinson would then transfer to UCF but would be forced to sit out the 2019 season. The time wasn’t a waste though as Robinson worked considerably with the Knight’s scout team.

    At the time that Robinson was at UCF, now-Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel was the man in charge of the Knight’s program. And when Robinson finally hit the field in 2020, Heupel helped turn him into one of the nation’s breakout wide receivers. In his one season paired with Heupel, Jaylon Robinson exploded for 979 yards and six touchdowns on 55 receptions.

    Even without Heupel in 2021, Robinson was poised for another big season with UCF, but it never came to fruition. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound receiver only finished the season with 322 yards and two touchdowns on 18 receptions after a knee injury helped derail the redshirt junior’s season by six games in the middle of the schedule.

    The news of Robinson’s involvement with Tennessee comes in a long line of wide receiver related news. Last week, Tennessee hauled in a commitment from 6-foot-3 USC transfer wide receiver Bru McCoy. Tennessee also looks to be in a good position for a pair of IMG Academy receivers in Carnell Tate and Devin Hyatt, two highly-touted receivers in the class of 2023. In addition, the Vols and Heupel also look to be gaining ground on Hutchinson Community College transfer receiver Malik Benson after the JUCO receiver dropped a new top five on Saturday.

    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.