The Tennessee Vols received a commitment on Sunday from 2023 three-star linebacker Jeremiah Telander.

Telander, 6-foot-2/217 lbs from Gainesville, GA (the same hometown and high school as former Vols linebacker AJ Johnson), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 74 linebacker in the nation and the No. 89 player in the state of Georgia.

The Vols’ latest commit told that part of the reason he committed to Tennessee is because of the chemistry he feels the program has right now. And the fact that everyone “wants to win” at UT.

“On this visit, I had a long time to sit with the 2023 class, players, and coaches,” said Telander. “You can feel the chemistry and how much everyone wants to win there.”

Telander also sent a strong message to Vols fans by suggesting that a national championship could be on its way to Rocky Top.

“I know we will have a great chance to compete for a national championship, that is one of the reasons I went there (UT),” said Telander. “I think that whole city will explode.”

If you’re a Tennessee fan, you have to love hearing this. The Vols are recruiting players that want to win. This isn’t about turning the program around — which is the recruiting pitch it feels like we’ve heard from UT for the last decade. Instead, it’s about winning a national championship.

Tennessee is setting its sights high — just as the program should be doing.

The Vols are bringing in players that have a competitiveness to them that’s been missing from the program in recent years. This is just one of the many reasons why I think Josh Heupel might be the coach who finally returns Tennessee to glory.

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