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Tennessee offers 2020 linebacker Nick Herbig out of Hawaii

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Can the Vols pull a big time linebacker from west coast again?

NCAA Football: Tennessee at West Virginia Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, Tennessee pulled off a pretty large upset in the recruiting world, pulling four-star linebacker Henry To’oto’o from the grasp of Alabama in the final hours. To’oto’o was out of California. This year Tennessee is heading even further west.

The Vols offered four-star linebacker Nick Herbig yesterday, joining a list full of west coast teams. Herbig is out of Honolulu, Hawaii, attending the same high school as Marcus Mariota.

Herbig is the 100th ranked player in the 2020 class, according to 247 Sports. The 6-2, 215 pound prospect is the sixth ranked outside linebacker prospect in the country.

Washington, California, UCLA, Wisconsin, Stanford and USC have been the main players in Herbig’s recruitment to this point. Would he consider coming across the country to play for the Vols? At this time last year, many didn’t think To’oto’o would.

Herbig fits the mold of what Tennessee wants in a linebacker prospect — the ability to do a little bit of everything. At 6-2, he’s got the length to rush off the edge, along with a variety of pass rushing moves. He’s effective with his hands, which helps him shed blockers in the box.