ATLANTA — About an hour south of Atlanta lies the town of Griffin, Ga., which is home to possibly the most intriguing athlete in the Class of 2019.
Zion Puckett plays wide receiver and defensive back for Spalding High School. Expect his name to blow up over the summer as college coaches begin to see what he has to offer.
The Tennessee coaching staff already has taken notice. Coach Jeremy Pruitt re-offered Puckett about a week into having the Tennessee job.
The re-offer will mean a lot moving forward. Puckett currently has 10 scholarship offers, with the most notable ones coming from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and Michigan State. He hasn’t thought about narrowing down the list yet.
“Not really,” Puckett told SEC Country. “I’m just taking in the process.”
Puckett took a visit to Knoxville last spring and came away impressed with the campus. He plans on making more trips this summer and Tennessee is in the running for another visit.
It is still early in the process, and Tennessee hasn’t determined where Puckett might work best at the next level.
“I’d be considered an athlete,” Puckett said. “They don’t know what side of the ball I would be.”
Tennessee could certainly use help from Puckett anywhere. The Vols struggled to get big plays from their wide receivers last year. There are currently no Class of 2018 defensive back commitments, which will make the position a critical need in the next cycle.
Puckett caught 36 passes for 660 and 5 touchdowns in 7 games last season, according to maxpreps. He also had 40 tackles from the free safety position.
There is no debate where Puckett prefers to play. He wants the ball in his hands and making plays on offense.
“I’m best at accelerating off the ball,” Puckett said. “High point the ball and get out of my breaks.”
The 6-foot-1, 190 pound athlete rates as a 4-star prospect and ranks as the No. 35 wide receiver in his class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Don’t expect a decision from Puckett anytime soon, though. He plans on waiting until February 2019 before he makes his final decision known.
“I want to sign with my teammates on signing day next year,” Puckett said.