Slowly but surely, Tennessee is starting to warm up on the recruiting trail. Josh Heupel had quite the task ahead of him when he took this job in January, but now he and his staff have found a little footing ahead of the start of the season.
The Volunteers are up to 11 commitments now in the class of 2022, headlined by four-star quarterback Tayven Jackson and four-star receiver Cameron Miller. Now they’re finalists for another blue-chip target — Addison Nichols.
The four-star tackle trimmed his list to three schools on Wednesday, placing Tennessee alongside of North Carolina and Ohio State.
This was an incredibly difficult decision narrowing this down. I just want to say thank you to all of the schools who weren’t selected and thank you for your interest in me. But, without further ado, this is my final top 3. #Top3 #blessed #Vols #Buckeyes #Tarheels pic.twitter.com/6YGUjVuW62— Addison H. Nichols (@ahnichols22) July 14, 2021
The 6-5, 318 pound offensive guard prospect is the 103rd ranked player in the 2022 class, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Nichols comes out of Norcross, Georgia.
His final three is notable news, considering how he was coming off of official visits to Florida, Georgia and USC. He took his official look at Tennessee back on June 18th, and now the Volunteers remain while Florida and Georgia fall off of the list.
Nichols currently has one crystal ball projection, which is in favor of Tennessee. He’s seen Knoxville on several different occasions, thanks in part to it being his mother’s alma mater. Nichols grew up attending football games at Neyland Stadium, giving Heupel a nice starting point with a big-time prospect.
Tennessee currently has three offensive line commitments — Brian Grant, Mo Clipper Jr. and Masai Reddick. Nichols could be next, and he certainly would be a big building block for the remainder of this class.