There’s a speedy, under-the-radar three-star cornerback that the Tennessee Vols need to pursue.

Smith Snowden, 5-foot-10/173 lbs from Lehi, UT, was recently pointed out by 247Sports as one of the fastest recruits in the nation.

From 247Sports:

Smith Snowden hasn’t run a 40-yard dash at a major camp in over a year, but he doesn’t need to get down in a three-point stance to make this list as his junior track times are legit (6.87 in the 60-meter dash, 10.54 in the 100-meter dash and 21.68 in the 200-meter dash). Back in May, the four-star cornerback out of the Utah powerhouse that is Skyridge edged BYU wide receiver signee Cody Hagen (who had one of the fastest short shuttle times in the 2022 cycle) in the 100-meter dash at the UHSAA state track meet.

When it comes to recruiting, Snowden has already taken official visits to Northwestern, Utah and Colorado. Stanford is also in contact. Same with the in-state Cougars.

Snowden is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 67 cornerback in the nation and the No. 7 player in the state of Utah. He’s slightly undersized, otherwise I think he’d rated a bit higher.

The Vols need speed and they need secondary help. Snowden doesn’t have the height that most SEC coaches look for, but he has the type of speed that defenses in the SEC need to be successful.

Tennessee is doing well on the recruiting trail, but they could still use a few “hidden gems” to round out their class. Snowden is the type of player that’s more than likely going to outperform his ranking.

Vols head coach Josh Heupel is extremely familiar with Utah — he played at Snow College and Weber State — so perhaps he could build a bond with Snowden.

This isn’t a player that’s on Tennessee’s radar at the moment, but he should be. If Snowden goes to Utah, BYU, or Colorado, he’ll end up being one of the better defensive backs in the country. Heupel should utilize his Utah connections and try to bring Snowden to Rocky Top. He could be exactly what the Vols’ secondary is missing.

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