Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. In this edition, we discuss what Tennessee’s chances are to land Oregon transfer Rutger Reitmaier and the Vols offer a tight end.
The deal with Rutger Reitmaier
Reports broke earlier this week of Oregon freshman defensive tackle Rutger Reitmaier deciding to transfer from the program before ever taking a snap. He early enrolled at the university this past spring and practiced with the team.
The Register-Guard reported that Reitmaier confirmed he will be transferring, although there has yet to be a public announcement.
Reitmaier committed to Oregon before the school fired now-former coach Mark Helfrich. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman signed his National Letter of Intent after Oregon hired coach Willie Taggart.
Reitmaier is rated as a 3-star defensive tackle and ranked as the No. 340 prospect in the Class of 2017, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
The reason for his sudden transfer supposedly has to do with him desiring to be closer to home.
This brings Vanderbilt and the Vols into play for returning the defensive tackle to his home state.
Reitmaier attended Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tenn.
The Vols recruited Reitmaier heavily out of high school before he committed to Oregon.
Tennessee should have the inside track for Reitmaier.
New Tennessee defensive line coach Brady Hoke served as the defensive coordinator for Oregon last season. He recruited Reitmaier well enough to bring him to the West Coast.
Hoke’s recruiting ability, particularly for the defensive line, has been evident since he set foot on Tennessee’s campus. If the Vols choose to pursue Reitmaier, the previous relationship with Hoke obviously is a positive for Tennessee.
Reitmaier will have to sit out a year, even though he never played in a game for Oregon. He attended classes and practiced with the team.
Reitmaier will only count against the 85-man roster and not any particular class for whichever school he chooses.
Vols offer a tight end
Tennessee offered a scholarship to Class of 2018 tight end Luke Ford.
— L U K E F O R D™ (@lukeredx97) July 17, 2017
Ford rates as 4-star tight end and the No. 64 prospect in the country.
The Illinois native has 18 Crystal Ball projections on 247Sports, with Alabama grabbing 78 percent of the predictions right now.
Tennessee currently has a commitment from tight end Jacob Warren in this cycle. The Vols have continued to look for one more recruit at the position, though.
Miss a previous edition? Find all your SEC Country Tennessee Vols recruiting news here.