Just days after fellow freshman Shawn Shamburger got his helmet stripe removed, Cheyenne Labruzza joined the party. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones tweeted out this video, giving us the news on Sunday afternoon.
Congratulations to Cheyenne Labruzza! #EarnYourStripe pic.twitter.com/4QNtcNOZcK— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) August 20, 2017
Labruzza got some initial hype from the coaching staff earlier this summer, but has been a little overshadowed by the early successes of Shamburger. Today though, Labruzza took a big step.
He’s another piece of the ever-changing puzzle that is the Tennessee secondary. Justin Martin and Emmanuel Moseley have had their ups and downs over the past couple of seasons, so it’s going to be interesting to see how much the staff trusts both of Shamburger and Labruzza early on in the season.
Labruzza was ranked much higher than Shamburger was, according to 247 Sports. Both were three star prospects, but the Albany, Louisiana product was ranked nearly 600 slots better than Shamburger was.
It just goes to show that recruiting rankings aren’t necessarily the end-all, especially once you get out there on the field. It certainly appears that Tennessee has two solid, young cornerbacks in the fold. We’ll see how quickly they find the field.