The Tennessee Vols haven’t hit on all of their recruiting targets this offseason.
UT missed on Albany defensive end transfer Jared Verse last week (he committed to Florida State). And they missed on a couple of key players on early signing day.
But that’s just how it goes in college football. Recruiting can be unpredictable. 17-18-year-olds are making huge decisions and those decisions are often fluid. It’s best to not get too caught up in a decision that a high school student makes.
Recruiting is going to be just fine at Tennessee under Heupel. There will always be some misses (true of any program). However, there will be some huge additions, too.
On Saturday, the Vols got one of those huge additions.
Prized Wyoming wide receiver Isaiah Neyor committed to play for the Vols.
— 🥇 (@IsaiahNeyor) January 8, 2022
Neyor, 6-foot-3/210 lbs, is rated by 247Sports as the No. 4 wide receiver in the transfer portal. His addition will give quarterback Hendon Hooker another big target in the passing game (which is key with the loss of Velus Jones Jr, who exhausted his eligibility at Tennessee).
Tennessee put in work to land Isaiah Neyor
The way the Vols managed to land Neyor was impressive.
Neyor picked Tennessee over USC and Texas (and several others).
USC is one of the “it programs” right now thanks to the Trojans’ hiring of Lincoln Riley. Neyor took an official visit to USC last week.
Texas is Neyor’s hometown school. Neyor is from Minnesota, but he went to high school in Texas.
Both of those programs seemingly had the edge in this battle for Neyor.
And it didn’t help that Neyor couldn’t visit Tennessee — thanks to an NCAA rule that didn’t allow a visit due to when UT starts classes. Yet he still picked the Vols over two marquee programs
That tells us a couple of things. For one, players believe in Tennessee’s system. They believe in what Heupel is doing offensively with the Vols. And they think they can put up insane numbers in Heupel’s offense, which could lead to an NFL future.
It also tells us that Heupel and his staff can make players feel comfortable without them ever setting foot on campus.
This staff is going to be just fine in recruiting. Now that the program has built a solid foundation, Tennessee can really get to work.
A top 10 class certainly feels like it could be on the horizon for the Vols during the 2023 recruiting cycle.
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