‘A Huge Weekend for Us’: More Recruits Heading to Knoxville for Tennessee-Florida

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    Tennessee football target Keshawn Williams with the Vols’ staff. Photo via @Keshawn_615 on Twitter.

    Tennessee is expecting a packed house for their game against Florida this Saturday in Knoxville. And that’s not just a reference to the sold-out crowd, either. The Vols will be welcoming in several 2023, 2024, and 2025 prospects for Tennessee visits during the game.

    We’ve already spotlighted a few players to announce their upcoming visits to Knoxville, like 4-star Chattanooga wide receiver Boo Carter and four-star Nashville defensive back Kaleb Beasley. Additionally, 5-star quarterback commit Nico Iamaleava will also be in town for the game and to meet some new prospects face-to-face.

    Since then, though, there have been several new announcements for players that are visiting Tennessee this weekend.

    “It’s also a great environment for our recruits to be able to see what gameday looks like here,” Head coach Josh Heupel said about the gameday atmosphere on Thursday. “Man, there’s nothing better than gameday here in Knoxville, Tennessee. It starts when we load the buses and drive over. You can see the fans along the river, whether that’s on the boats or tailgating on the other side of it. And when you get out for Vol Walk and there are 40,000 people? Man, there’s nothing like it in college sports.”

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    “Recruiting, it’s a huge weekend for us,” Heupel continued on to say. “You don’t do anything that takes away from your preparation, your player’s preparation. The game is the most important thing. But those moments that you have an opportunity to on the recruiting piece is vital to the continued growth of our program.”

    Here’s a look at some of the uncommitted prospects that will be at Tennessee-Florida:

    Daevin Hobbs

    • Class of 2023 Four-Star Defensive Lineman
    • 6-foot-4, 262-pounds
    • Concord, N.C. – Jay M. Robinson High School

    Amari Jefferson

    • Class of 2024 Three-Star ATH
    • 6-foot-1, 190-pounds
    • Chattanooga, TN – Baylor School

    Ricardo Jones

    • Class of 2024 Four-Star Safety
    • 6-foot-3, 200-pounds
    • Warner Robins, GA – Northside High School

    Martels Carter Jr.

    • Class of 2025 Safety
    • 5-foot-11, 179-pounds
    • Chattanooga, TN – Brainerd High School

    Keshawn Williams

    • Class of 2024 ATH
    • 6-foot-1, 178-pounds
    • Murfreesboro, TN – Riverdale High School

    Cameron Sparks

    • Class of 2025 Five-Star Wide Receiver (247 Composite)
    • 6-foot-3, 210-pounds
    • Chattanooga, TN – Baylor School
    • No. 1 ranked player in the state of Tennessee (2025)

    Jadan Baugh

    • Class of 2024 Four-Star ATH (QB, WR, CB, S)
    • 6-foot-0.5, 214-pounds
    • Decatur, GA – Columbia High School

    Vysen Lang

    • Class of 2023 Three-Star Offensive Tackle
    • 6-foot-4.5, 328-pounds
    • Pike Road, AL – Pike Road High School

    Ronan O’Connell

    • Class of 2024 Three-Star Interior Offensive Lineman
    • 6-foot-4, 273-pounds
    • Franklin, TN – Page High School

    Eli Owens

    • Class of 2025 ATH
    • 6-foot-2, 226-pounds
    • Alcoa, TN – Alcoa High School

    *Star rankings courtesy of 247 Sports’ rankings*

    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.