The Tennessee Vols flipped the script this week.
Tennessee has been on the wrong side of recruiting battles far too often over the last 15 years.
On numerous occasions, a recruit has been expected to sign with Tennessee only to end up changing his mind at the last moment and going with another program.
It’s a feeling all too familiar to Vols fans.
On Monday, however, things finally went Tennessee’s way.
Four-star cornerback Jordan Matthews, a Baton Rouge native, was expected to commit to Texas on Monday. Instead, he had a change of heart and committed to the Vols.
100% COMMITED!! pic.twitter.com/qgK9LNtH0f— Jordan Matthews (@JMatthews_07) August 15, 2022
After committing to Tennessee, Matthews spoke to Rivals.com and explained his decision.
“We’ve been to Texas about five times now, so everybody guessed it was Texas, but I had a change of heart,” said Matthews. “When I went to Tennessee, it was my best visit. I feel like in my heart it’s the best school for me.”
“The reason I picked Tennessee, I felt like they had the best situation for me in my heart in this process,” added Matthews. “Coach (Josh) Heupel, Coach (Tim) Banks, they’ve been great to me. I feel like it’s a school I can thrive at for the next 3-4 years.”
If the Vols are going to return to the top of the SEC, they have to start winning recruiting battles like this one.
Tennessee still has a long way to go under Josh Heupel, but Matthews’ commitment to the Vols over the Longhorns is a strong sign that the tides are turning on Rocky Top.
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