The Tennessee Vols fan base has a reputation among recruits for being “crazy”.

But I don’t think that’s a bad thing. In fact, recruits seem to embrace the extreme passion of the Vol fan base.

2023 four-star wide receiver Kyler Kasper, an Arizona native, talked to VolQuest this week about his recruitment.

And Tennessee’s fan bas has definitely caught his attention.

“We’ve just been talking more and more, and I’ve learned that the fanbase there is crazy – ridiculous, really,” said Kasper to VolQuest. “I’m definitely trying to get to a game because the atmosphere is crazy from what I’ve heard. I’ve seen some videos of it.”

It doesn’t sound like Kasper views the wild Vols fan base as a negative. It actually sounds like it makes him more interested in Tennessee.

This echoes comments we’ve previously heard from recruits and players.

Tennessee fans were one of the big reasons that three-star offensive lineman Brian Grant committed to the Vols last year.

“I liked the people there walking to the game,” said Grant after he committed to UT. “I could see how much they love that place and it fed off into me.”

(Grant signed with Tennessee in December during the early signing period.)

Current Vols wide receiver Walker Merrill made similar comments when he was being recruited by Tennessee.

“Tennessee fans are probably the biggest fan of a school I’ve ever seen,” said Merrill in late 2019.

Vol fans get a bad rap from the national media at times. But recruits obviously view the fan base differently.

Tennessee fans are a major asset on the recruiting trail. Talented players want to play in front of a fan base that cares.

And there’s no doubt that Vol fans care….a lot.

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