The Tennessee Vols don’t have any players committed to its 2022 recruiting class, but that’s not because elite recruits aren’t confident in new UT head Josh Heupel.

In fact, the opposite is true.

2022 four-star running back Branson Robinson, who is the No. 1 running back in the nation according to Rivals, recently discussed his recruitment with Rivals.

And he made it clear that he thinks big things are on the horizon for the Vols under Josh Heupel.

“Tennessee’s future is so bright now and in my opinion, in a few years they will be playing for (a spot in the) College Football Playoff,” said Robinson to Rivals.

“They, as a staff, are very talented in terms of recruiting,” added Robinson “Coach Mack is great. I would say Coach Heupel is the funniest head coach I know. We get on FaceTime just about every week and he really be having me crack up. Also, he shows genuine care for his players, which is very appealing to me.”

This is a great sign for Tennessee moving forward. Recruiting is the lifeblood of college football.

Heupel has a great offensive scheme that is proven to work. But he will still need elite recruits to compete in the SEC.

Robinson is one of the most coveted players in the 2022 recruiting class. If he thinks Heupel is going to have the Vols competing for a spot in the College Football Playoff in the next few years, there’s a very good chance other highly-touted recruits feel the same.

Recruiting may be off to a slow start for Heupel, but that’s only because of the circumstances he’s facing (being named the head coach late in January, an ongoing NCAA investigation, and dealing with no in-person recruiting because of COVID-19).

I have a feeling we’re going to see recruiting explode in a big way for the Vols in the not-so-distant future.

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