Tennessee may have an ace up its sleeve in Mykel Jones’ recruitment.
“Definitely,” Tennessee commitment Corey Henderson said when asked if he could help the Vols recruit Jones, a fellow Louisiana prospect. “I’m a real good recruiter. I really, really am. I like to talk and I know what recruits want to hear so I feel I really can help. I’m definitely going to get on that.”
Henderson admitted that he has some work to do. The three-star prospect from Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.) and Jones aren’t exactly best friends — yet.
“Not to say that’s my boy or anything but we’ve talked sometimes,” Henderson said. “We’ve all (committed prospects) been talking just enough to say that we know that guy, but not quite to the point I can tell you about him.”
The 6-foot, 180-pound Jones is a key target for the Vols as they try to find a final receiver to fill out their 2016 class. The four-star prospect from Patterson (La.) High School is still considering a handful of SEC schools. He took an official visit to Alabama last weekend, will take an official visit to Tennessee this weekend and is slated to take an official visit to Ole Miss on Jan. 29. Jones is the No. 44 receiver in the nation and the No. 12 overall prospect in Louisiana.
As for official visits, Henderson doesn’t have to worry about all that. He committed to the Vols in March, essentially ending his recruitment before it ever began. All he has left to do is take his official visit to Tennessee on Jan. 29.
Henderson hasn’t been forgotten by the Vols just because he committed early. The 6-foot-1, 173-pound receiver prospect was one of the first recruits that received a visit from Tennessee head coach Butch Jones and receiver coach Zach Azzanni this week. The two coaches were at Henderson’s house early Monday morning.
“He talked about me coming in,” Henderson said. “How they need me. It was definitely a good visit.”
Henderson will likely be part of a small class. The Vols currently have 16 commitments and aren’t expected to bring in many more. Most expect the Vols to sign less than 25 prospects because they’ve signed so many in the last two years. Despite the size of the class, or perhaps because of it, Azzanni has told recruits that there’s pride in being a member.
“He likes to talk a lot about that,” Henderson said. “It’s small, but it’s key. Most of these colleges are just grabbing different players, grabbing them because they want them. We actually have guys of need. Every guy has a key position and a role they’re going to play in the offense and defense. We definitely picked up key guys that we’re going to use.”
The Vols could certainly use Jones – and Henderson to recruit him.