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4-star tight end, Tennessee commit, out for season with injury

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He was poised to have a big year on the gridiron.

4-star tight end Hudson Wolfe out of Savannah, Tennessee announced on Twitter that he would undergo surgery and miss his Senior season of high school football.

Wolfe plays for Hardin County High School, and was an integral part of their 2019 team that went far into the playoffs. He went for 27 catches, 471 yards, and an impressive 12 touchdowns in his Junior year. The Tigers began this season on a 3-0 tear, but Wolfe did not play in any of the games. Rumors began circulating that an injury would keep him out even longer. Today’s unfortunate news confirmed those rumors.

His tweet does elaborate that he is getting a microdiscectomy, which is a minimally invasive procedure for a herniated lumbar disc. It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover. The one upside is that it isn’t as serious an injury as it could be. Wolfe should be good to go by next spring.

According to his tweet, Wolfe will be early enrolling and will arrive on campus in January. That’s good news for a Tennessee team whose tight end battle will be wide open once redshirt senior Austin Pope leaves after 2020. Wolfe’s promising frame and noted receiving production will put him right in the thick of the competition.

Wolfe committed to Tennessee on June 15th after a topsy turvy recruitment. The Volunteers ultimately beat out good teams for Wolfe’s services, and convinced him to more or less shut down his recruitment. Here’s our scouting report on him:

Wolfe will enter college with near prototypical size and frame. He’s 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, essentially putting him very close to the ideal size for a tight end. He still hasn’t filled out his frame either, and it’s a distinct possibility that Wolfe turns into an offensive tackle in a couple years...While his size is the strongest feature so far, that doesn’t mean Wolfe is lacking in others. He shows great hands and deceptive speed for someone his size, while also displaying solid ability after the catch. Some of his advantages are simply being bigger than his competition, but the tools are all there to be a force of nature over the middle of the field.