Though Tennessee is now in the middle of a coaching search with a brand new athletics director running the show, some members of the old staff are still recruiting. Kevin Steele is the acting head coach, while several other members of the staff remain in place.
On Friday night, they landed a commitment from a JUCO receiver. Andison Coby has committed to Tennessee, adding some speed to the roster along with some needed depth.
Tennessee will lose Josh Palmer and Brandon Johnson from last year’s receiving group, but will welcome back Velus Jones. Beyond Jones, there’s quite a bit of youth and inexperience that will be battling things out under a new coaching staff starting this spring.
Coby is 6-2, 180 pounds and comes from Northeast Mississippi Community College. Tennessee offered Coby two days after Jeremy Pruitt was fired, now Coby is heading to Knoxville. He will arrive this weekend and begin classes next week as an early enrollee.
The junior college product does not appear in 247Sports’ rankings for the class of 2021. He held other offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Monroe and Western Kentucky. Coby told 247Sports that several other power five teams were showing interest in him late in the process.
The NCAA froze eligibility in 2020, and the National Junior College Athletic Association did the same. That means Coby will arrive at Tennessee as a freshman with four seasons of eligibility remaining.