The Tennessee Volunteers were able to strike gold on the recruiting trail on back-to-back days, proving once again why head coach Butch Jones is an ace recruiter. On Monday, Tee Higgins, who ranks as the top high school prospect in the state of Tennessee for the 2017 class, pledged to stay home and play his college football on Rocky Top.
Higgins’ announcement followed another huge announcement for Tennessee on Sunday when Brownsburg, Ind., 5-star quarterback, Hunter Johnson, also pledged his future services to the Vols. Johnson is ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in the entire nation for the class of 2017.
Higgins, who plays for nearby Oak Ridge High School, is currently ranked as the No. 8 wide receiver and No. 43 overall player nationally for the ’17 class according to 247Sports. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound pound prep star chose the home state Volunteers over offers from such schools as Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M to name a few. In total, the 4-star high school junior had already accumulated 15 offers from some of the biggest programs in the country.
Higgins becomes the second verbal pledge for the Vols' 2017 recruiting class. Tennessee has already received a commitment from the Volunteer State's top-ranked prospect for the class of 2016 in 4-star linebacker Daniel Bituli. In addition, Butch Jones has secured a pledge from offensive lineman Cade Mays, who projects to be the top-ranked player in the state of Tennessee for 2018. Jones is definitely putting up a fence around the state of Tennessee as the Vols aim towards building something special with homegrown talent.
— Written by Rob McVey, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. McVey is a diehard Tennessee Volunteers' fan who loves singing "Rocky Top" every opportunity he gets. Follow him on Twitter @Rob_UTVOLS