Less than 24-hours have passed since the the Vols landed two commitments for the 2020 recruiting class. Today they added another commit, but you won’t see this young man on Rocky Top for a few more years.
Tony Mitchell, a class of 2023 athlete out of Alabama, provided his verbal commitment via his Twitter page earlier this afternoon.
Despite having just finished the eighth grade Mitchell has a growing list of offers from many strong programs including Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Texas A&M. Mitchell has already attended camp this year with Tennessee’s coaches where he apparently performed well enough to earn a scholarship offer at such a young age.
Prospects in the class of 2023 aren’t yet ranked nationally. There is much we do not know about how “good” of a commitment this is for the Vols long term.
We do know this, though: Jeremy Pruitt can evaluate and coach defensive backs. His track record both recruiting and coaching at Tennessee and previous stops speaks for itself.
Whether Mitchell honors his verbal commitment to Tennessee years from now with a signed letter of intent remains to be seen. Some people may even say that the likelihood of that actually happening is essentially zero. My opinion? The more young people fired up about Tennessee Volunteers football, right now, the better.