The Tennessee Vols currently have nine players committed to their 2023 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 6 in the nation (via Rivals.com).

One of the biggest reasons the Vols have found success on the recruiting trail over the last few months is due to the incredible atmosphere that’s been created at Tennessee under athletic director Danny White.

The energy at Neyland Stadium, Thompson-Boling Arena, and Lindsey Nelson Stadium this past year has been beyond incredible.

Lindsey Nelson Stadium, specifically, has turned into a madhouse on game days. The energy from the baseball team has transferred to the fans (or vice versa — I’m really not sure at this point) to create one of the best atmospheres in college baseball.

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Tennessee catcher Evan Russell swings at-bat during the NCAA baseball game against Georgia in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Tennessee football head coach Josh Heupel and his staff are taking advantage of the energy at Lindsey Nelson Stadium by using it as a recruiting tool.

Heupel explained to reporters this week at the SEC meetings in Destin, FL how the baseball team’s success has been beneficial to the football program.

“[We’ve] been able to use the environment over there from opening day,” said Heupel earlier this week. “Every game has been sold out. It’s been awesome. We’ve taken the football team over there, sat on the first-base line, had a great time. We’ve had recruits that have been able to go into that environment and you get to see the passion of our fan base.”

“It’s a little bit different than playing in front of a hundred thousand inside of Neyland. But man, it’s electric in there and it’s a great opportunity for them to get a taste of what it’s like.”

After more than a decade of frustration, it seems like everything is coming up aces these days for Tennessee athletics. The basketball and baseball programs have won SEC Tournament championships this season and they’re both trending in the right direction.

Will Tennessee football soon add an SEC Championship trophy to the collection? That’s a tough ask, considering the way the Georgia Bulldogs are playing right now. But it certainly feels like the Vols are getting closer to making an SEC Championship a reality.

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