Tennessee plays Ole Miss tomorrow at 7:30 PM, and there seems to be a coordinated effort from the athletic department to capitalize on the moment and squeeze every ounce of value from a sold-out Neyland Stadium and a legitimate big-game atmosphere on campus.
Tony V and the Vols baseball team scrimmaged tonight and both the mens’ and womens’ basketball teams have open practices/scrimmages tomorrow (men at 11 AM, women at 2 PM).
There’s also a TON of prospects scheduled to be in town for visits. Full disclosure: this list is pulled directly from VolNation and isn’t exhaustive. There’s a bunch of “maybes,” so check out VN to see the rest of the names. Several other players who are currently committed to Tennessee football are included there, like 4-star OL Addison Nichols from Norcross, GA., (Jason Croom, Alvin Kamara).
Players in bold currently committed to Tennessee. Click the player to take you to his recruiting page on 247.
- 5-star DT Walter Nolen
- 4-star QB Tayven Jackson
- 4-star DE Venson Sneed
- 3-star RB Dylan Sampson
- 3-star WR Cam Miller
- 3-star WR Chas Nimrod
- 3-star OL Mo Clipper
- 3-star LB Elijah Herring
- 3-star OT Masai Reddick
I see a theme here — anybody else see it? Powell’s Walter Nolen, the No. 1 overall recruit in the country, is visiting along with eight other players in the upcoming ‘22 class who are committed to Tennessee.
Players in bold are prospects from Tennessee.
- 5-star QB Nicholaus Iamaleava
- 4-star DE Caleb Herring (No. 1 player in Tennessee for ‘23 — six crystal ball predictions to the Vols right now)
- 4-star OL Brycen Sanders
- 4-star OG Luke Brown
- 4-star OL Tyler Jeffries (Rivals 4-star, unranked on 247)
- 4-star TE Ethan Davis
- 4-star WR Noah Rogers
- 4-star QB Marcel Reed
- 4-star WR Shamar Porter
- 4-star WR Adarius Redmond (No. 2 player in Tennessee for ‘23 — from Powell)
- 3-star OT Joe Crocker
- 3-star WR Ayden Greene (from Powell)
- 3-star OT Ayden Bussell
- 3-star S Jayden Davis (Rivals 3-star, unranked on 247)
- 3-star RB Marquez Taylor (Rivals 3-star, unranked on 247)
- 3-star TE Sam West
- 3-star iOL Lance Williams
- 3-star iOL Cal Grubbs
- RB DeSean Bishop
- CB Evan Haynie
- RB Maurice Sherrill
- OL/DL Nate Bledsoe
Looks to be just massive amount of homegrown talent in the ‘23 class. A buncha linemen, too. Gotta love it.
For what it’s worth, VolQuest put out a list, too. It’s not the same as this one, and honestly even this late on Friday it’s still a toss up which kids make it in and which ones don’t. The most notable difference: VQ says 5-star DL LT Overton (No. 2 overall player in the country) and Rivals 4-star DE Trevor Duncan, from Catholic, will also be here on visits.
Also visiting: Warren Nolen, c/o ‘25 and Waylon Nolen, c/o ‘27
BJ Edwards in bold is committed to Tennessee.
- 3-star F Jarred Hall (No. 2 player in Tennessee in ‘23)
It feels like it’s been quite some time since Tennessee’s had this kind of visitor list for a single weekend. Let’s hope the game lives up to the hype.
Also, It’s late, and it’s been a long day. So forgive me for any errors here.