The Tennessee Vols could have a true freshman superstar on their hands this season.
“Superstar” is a bit much to throw on a young player that hasn’t taken a snap, but it really feels like that could be the case with wide receiver Squirrel White, a former three-star recruit from Pinson, AL.
Vols head coach Josh Heupel and offensive coordinator Alex Golesh weren’t shy about praising White on Sunday during Tennessee’s media day.
Golesh told reporters that White is mature beyond his years and will be in the mix to work out of the slot this season (along with Jalin Hyatt and Jimmy Calloway).
Heupel also noted that White has been one of the newcomers that’s impressed him the most this summer.
Tennessee OC Alex Golesh says early-enrolled freshman WR Squirrel White is "in so many ways mature beyond his years." As impressive handling school and football that early as Golesh has seen. I'm guessing you'll be hearing that (very memorable and fun to say) name this fall.— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) July 31, 2022
Vols starting quarterback Hendon Hooker also praised White recently, noting that the freshman wide receiver has been standing out this summer.
White has elite speed. He’ll be able to stretch the field and impact the way other teams defend Tennessee. When you combine his speed with his approach to football and classwork, it’s easy to see why we think he could emerge as a superstar in 2022.
The Vols’ offense is a dream for wide receivers. It’s already turned Cedric Tillman into a household name (as well as Velus Jones Jr, who is in the NFL with the Chicago Bears). There’s a good chance it does the same for White this season.
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