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Josh Heupel Makes Surprise Appearance with Tennessee Signing Class at Vol Hoops Game

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Josh Heupel and the Tennessee Football signing class. Photo via Tennessee Athletics.

Tennessee basketball had a big surprise in store during the first half of the game against No. 10 Texas on Saturday night in Knoxville.

During a timeout on the court, Tennessee brought out head football coach Josh Heupel along with the early enrollees from Tennessee’s signing class.

The group of young men walked out onto the court and were greeted by a big reception from the home crowd of Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Josh Heupel then took the microphone and gave a motivational message to the fans in the stands.

“Let’s finish this thing off the right way,” Heupel yelled at the end of his speech. “Let’s create a home court advantage, let’s be loud, let’s go finish it. Let’s go show the entire country what the right shade of orange is and who the real U.T. is!”

Tennessee currently has 19 early enrollees from the class of 2023 moved in and on campus. Eight of those players are on the offensive side of the ball while 11 are on the defensive side. The Vols still have six players that are not enrolled but have signed their letter of intent.


  • Five-star QB Nico Iamaleava
  • Four-star WR Nathan Leacock
  • Four-star ATH Cameron Seldon
  • Four-star TE Ethan Davis
  • Four-star OL Sham Umarov
  • Three-star OT Larry Johnson III
  • Three-star OL Vysen Lang
  • Three-star RB DeSean Bishop


  • Four-star DL Daevin Hobbs
  • Four-star EDGE Caleb Herring
  • Four-star LB Arion Carter
  • Four-star CB Jordan Matthews
  • Four-star CB Rickey Gibson III
  • Four-star LB Jalen Smith
  • Three-star EDGE Nathan Robinson
  • Three-star CB Cristian Conyer
  • Three-star S John Slaughter
  • Three-star LB Jeremiah Telander
  • Three-star S Jack Luttrell

The Tennessee basketball team defeated the Texas Longhorns by a score of 82-71 on the court in Knoxville on Saturday night. Check out Rocky Top Insider’s postgame breakdown here.

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