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From zero stars to four, Tennessee just unearthed a hidden gem in receiver Jordan Young

Fascinating story here.

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Scrolling through Twitter yesterday, a tweet came across about Jordan Young receiving an offer from Tennessee. Curious, I fired up every recruiting database available to me, but I found virtually nothing.

I found no stars by his name and a few offers from small schools like Coastal Carolina, Valdosta State and West Virginia State. Then I saw Tennessee under all of those schools.

One of these things is not like the other.

What gives? I went to SBNation’s recruiting guru Bud Elliott and he had me covered. Elliott talked to head coach about Young, and he was baffled.

“He came out of nowhere,” an FBS coach said. “This just doesn’t happen. He is a f***ing freak and I can’t believe we didn’t know about him. At least he’s going to go big time and not to a competitor.”

The 6-2, 185 pound receiver put up massive numbers in his final year of high school football, catching 66 passes for 1,562 yards and 17 touchdowns. That’s a remarkable improvement from his junior year, where he caught 23 balls for 276 yards. Apparently, the light just came on for Young.

The light just came on for the rest of the college football world, too. 247 Sports rewarded Young with a four star ranking, placing him inside their top 200 prospects.

Elliott points out that some smaller schools thought they had a shot at landing Young because of his academic standing.

Other coaches expressed that they thought they had a shot because they weren’t sure what track his academic profile would take. Schools at lower levels can accept partial qualifiers. But an FBS coach told me that Young is “totally fine, good to go,” and said that he had an impressive test score. That killed the hopes of smaller schools and opened doors for Young.

News travels fast in this world. Since the offer from Tennessee went out, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Illinois and Virginia have all reached out to do their homework. Jeremy Pruitt and company are hoping that Young with give Tennessee the nod after being the first power five school to offer him.

As a friend of mine pointed out to me, it’s worth noting that David Johnson was hired on Saturday. Maybe Johnson got wind of Young before anyone else. If so, that hire is about to pay immediate dividends.

Here’s a little taste of what Young brings to the table.