NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones kicked off his first official satellite camp in the heart of the Volunteer State on Sunday afternoon, and many of the Mid-State region’s best were present and accounted for.
More than 300 players crowded Tennessee State’s Hale Stadium with on-field temperatures approaching 100 degrees in the 10,000-seat stadium that locals call “The Hole.”
Four-star safety Maleik Gray from nearby LaVergne High School was among the stars, joining fellow 2017 defensive back prospect Theo Jackson (Overton High School in Nashville) and jumbo offensive line prospect Obinna Eze (Nashville’s Davidson Academy) in garnering much of the attention.
Oak Ridge receiver Tee Higgins, the No. 16 player in the nation, even found some time to stop by, though he didn’t go through any drills and left the camp early.
Tennessee held a specialist camp on Friday and its quarterback “Arsenal” camp on its Knoxville campus on Saturday.
The Vols’ staff will stay busy this week, too, with team camps in Knoxville and a presence at two satellite camps on Wednesday.
Jones and the staff will be at the University School of Jackson (Tennessee) in large part to see offensive tackle Trey Smith, the nation’s No. 10-rated offensive tackle.
Tennessee will have a presence in Los Angeles on Wednesday, too, along with Cal and Montana State at Hawkins High School’s “Showcase” camp. According to one UT staff member, quality control coaches will be at that camp.
Jack Sears, a 2017 prospect from nearby San Clemente, is among the Vols’ top quarterback targets and holds an offer from Cal.
Tennessee has a satellite camp appearance next week in Georgia, with staff members expected to provide direction at a camp in Buford.
Jones has certainly been on the move of late, and he was among the first of the Tennessee coaches to leave the Tennessee State stadium on Sunday, bypassing any media availability per a school spokesman.
Other assistants and staff members stayed longer, and such players as Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Josh Malone, Derek Barnett, Jack Jones and Rashaan Gaulden were on hand to help tutor the talented turnout.
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