Tennessee Vols head coach Josh Heupel, along with his staff, received some criticism earlier this offseason when transfer wide receiver Isaiah Neyor backed off his commitment to UT and transferred to Texas instead.

At the time (mid-January), there were some whispers that maybe Heupel and his staff can’t recruit at a high level in the SEC.

A few months later, that narrative was essentially destroyed. The Vols received a commitment from 2023 five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava which ended the questions about Heupel’s recruiting ability.

Tennessee has continued to recruit well since Iamaleava’s commitment. And as a result, Neyor’s decision to sign with Texas became an afterthought.

So why am I bringing it up now?

Well, it turns out that Neyor’s decision to eschew Tennessee in favor of Texas won’t have an impact on the Vols or the Longhorns in 2022.

That’s because Neyor, unfortunately, reportedly suffered a season-ending knee injury this weekend.

That’s obviously terrible news for Neyor. You hate to see that happen to any young athlete.

The point I’m making, though, isn’t necessarily about Neyor or even the Vols. It’s that folks shouldn’t freak out when it comes to a recruit who does or doesn’t sign. You truly never know how things are going to turn out. Nor do we usually know the whole story behind a commitment, what goes into the decision, the variables that the coaching staff has no control over, etc.

Neyor’s unfortunate injury is a reminder that games aren’t won when a player commits or decommits. Recruiting is important, but we shouldn’t jump to absurd conclusions because of recruiting.

Ultimately, all that matters is what happens on Saturdays.

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