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Tennessee assistant Brian Niedermeyer is a rising star, according to a survey

The Volunteers are eventually going to have to fight to keep him around.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 14 Chattanooga at Tennessee Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Brian Niedermeyer, otherwise known as Moose, is a rising star in the coaching ranks. We all know this. His track record on the recruiting trail during the last three cycles speaks for itself, helping earn pledges from guys like Quavaris Crouch, Darnell Wright, Henry To’o To’o and Terrence Lewis.

Niedermeyer was named the 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year for his efforts in the 2019 cycle, establishing himself as one of the true rockstar recruiters in the industry. Those results were certainly noticed.

In a recent survey of coaches done by AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, Niedermeyer’s name came up consistently as a rising star. The survey focused on assistant coaches under the age of 40 that have yet to serve as coordinators. Five current head coaches were polled, along with 15 other figures in and around college football or the NFL.

Niedermeyer is 31 years old and going into his third season as an on-field assistant in Knoxville. Jeremy Pruitt brought Niedermeyer with him after he was hired back in 2017. He served as the tight ends coach for two seasons, before flipping to inside linebackers this offseason.

Now with experience on both sides of the ball, it’s going to be interesting to see where Niedermeyer’s career goes from here. It’s tough to gauge his impact as a position coach, but it’s easy to know how much he’s worth on the recruiting trail. He seems to have a unique ability to connect with recruits, which has paid big dividends early in the Pruitt era at Tennessee.

It’s worth noting that Derrick Ansley’s name was mentioned in the beginning of the survey, but he didn’t fit the criteria because he’s already a coordinator. With the current projection of the Tennessee defense, the 38 year old Ansley might have some big opportunities of his own in the coming years.