The Tennessee Vols have a great shot to land 2024 four-star wide receiver Jordan Anderson, but the UT coaching staff is going to have to step up their recruiting game to make it happen.

Anderson, 6-foot-/165 lbs from Long Beach, CA (Millikan), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 10 wide receiver in the country and the No. 8 player in the state of California. He’s also rated as the No. 67 overall player in the 2024 recruiting class.

The California native plays 7-on-7 with 5-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava, the Vols’ top 2023 commit.

Nico, unsurprisingly, is working hard to get Anderson to Knoxville. Tennessee’s coaching staff, however, isn’t quite showing enough love to Anderson.

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Tennessee Vols Head Coach Josh Heupel

Rivals.com national recruiting director Adam Gorney pointed out this week that Iamaleava is continuing to recruit Anderson to Tennessee. Anderson, though, needs to “feel more love” from the Vols coaching staff.

To complicate matters, the Georgia Bulldogs have entered the recruiting battle. Georgia wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon likes what he sees from Anderson and he’s made the four-star wide receiver a priority for the Bulldogs.

From Rivals.com:

A new offer from Georgia is definitely big in Anderson’s recruitment and he’s going to be on the Bulldogs heavily along with serious interest in Tennessee, Oregon, Cincinnati, Washington and other programs.

The 2024 four-star athlete from Long Beach (California) Millikan plays 7on7 with Nico Iamaleava and the five-star quarterback is recruiting Anderson to Knoxville but the word is he needs to feel more love from that staff.

Anderson seemingly confirmed Gorney’s reporting via a Tweet on Tuesday.

That’s not what you want to hear if you’re a Tennessee fan.

Now, I’m not trying to throw shade at UT’s coaching staff — I think they’ve done a fantastic job on the recruiting trail. And I don’t think there’s a program in the country that’s doing a better job of hosting recruits right now than the Vols.

I also understand that Tennessee’s staff is focused on the 2023 class and making sure UT finishes with a top 10 or top 15 class.

But at the same time, they have to make sure they’re building relationships with 2024 recruits. If Georgia builds a strong relationship with Anderson now, then it could be tough for the Vols to make up ground in the future. They don’t want to be playing catch-up in a recruiting battle with the defending national champions.

Josh Heupel and his staff should probably redistribute some of their attention to players like Anderson. They definitely don’t want to let this one slip away. Anderson could combine with Nico to create one of the most dynamic quarterback/wide receiver duos in the nation.

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