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. Check out previous editions here. In this edition, we discuss Tennessee going after another tight end in the Class of 2018.
Pursuing Glenn Beal
Many thought Tennessee was finished with tight ends following the early signing period when the Vols received a signature from long-time commit Jacob Warren and surprise signee Dominick Wood-Anderson.
New Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt doesn’t seem to be done yet with the position. The Vols have been pursuing New Orleans product Glenn Beal.
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Beal brings something different to the position group than the two prospects already signed. Beal is much more of a blocking threat than a receiving one. His 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame aids in his blocking ability. Beal only caught 14 passes for John Curtis High School last season, according to MaxPreps.
Beal has been an LSU lean for a while, now but recently named Tennessee his leader. He looks to be trending toward Knoxville, Tenn., every day.
Warren is more of a pass-catching tight end. His 6-6, 211-pound frame is not ready to block in the SEC. He will need to add size and strength at the college level.
Wood-Anderson is the nation’s top junior college tight end, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Alabama pushed for him hard, so this was a great pickup for Pruitt. He is a blocking tight end who also can be a passing threat off the line. Imagine Wood-Anderson filling the role O.J. Howard did in Alabama’s offense.
The previous coaching staff seemed content taking Warren as the only tight end in the Class of 2018. There has been a clear shift in thinking with the new staff.
How current tight ends fit the new system
One reason for potentially adding three tight ends is the lack of players on the roster who fit a pro-style system. The new coaching staff will install a different system from the spread attack Tennessee fans watched under coach Butch Jones.
Tennessee will lean more heavily on power running and tight ends on the line.
Eli Wolf, Austin Pope and LaTrell Bumphus all received playing time at the tight end position last season. All of them fit the old mold of a pass-catching tight end who might not fit into the new system.
It makes sense that the new coaching staff is pushing to add more tight end depth with the new scheme in mind. To run the offense Pruitt and offensive coordinator Tyson Helton want, they will need more blocking tight ends.
Tennessee has 18 commitments, and there is a hard cap of 25. There are depth issues elsewhere on the roster where this spot could be used, but this is clearly a position that coaches feel they need to address quickly.
In-state Class of 2019 wide receiver picks up another offer
The 2019 recruiting class in Tennessee might be the best crop of players to come through the state in a while.
Wide receiver Lance Wilhoite is at the forefront of the class, and he just picked up another big offer on Tuesday. The Florida State Seminoles have jumped into the recruitment of the rising senior.
The 6-4, 180 pound Nashville product already has drawn interest from Ohio State, Clemson and Florida among others.
The previous coaching staff had pushed for Wilhoite, and this new staff surely will too. The recruitment for Wilhoite will only heat up from here.
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