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Tennessee Makes The Cut For Elite Prep Safety, Cousin Of Former Vols Star

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Four-star safety Jordan Young cut his list of top schools to eight on Monday night and Josh Heupel and the Vols made the cut. Tennessee joins Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Texas A&M in Young’s top group.

Young ranks as a high four-star recruit and the No. 45 player in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. The Monroe native ranks as the No. 4 safety and the No. 3 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2025 recruiting cycle.

The 6-foot, 180-pound safety has one clear tie to Tennessee. He’s the younger cousin of former Tennessee defensive end Byron Young who starred for Josh Heupel and Tim Banks from 2021-22 before becoming a standout edge rusher for the Las Angeles Rams during his rookie season.

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The prep safety has taken one visit to Tennessee as of date and has an official visit planned for June. Young’s summer trip to Knoxville will be a big opportunity for the Vols to gain momentum in his recruitment.

Young also has summer official visits scheduled to Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina State. The blue-chip recruit has taken three unofficial visits to Clemson, two unofficial visits to North Carolina State but has yet to visit Florida State.

Tennessee has put an emphasis on recruiting the state of North Carolina under head coach Josh Heupel. The Vols are also heavily pursuing the top player in North Carolina in the 2025 recruiting cycle— five-star offensive tackle David Sanders Jr.

The Vols’ 2025 recruiting class currently contains nine commitments including from three defensive backs including three-star Alabama safety Sidney Walton. Tennessee’s nine commit recruiting class ranks No. 14 nationally and No. 7 in the SEC according to the 247sports team rankings.

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