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An Independence High School receiver from the 2019 class has decided to re-open his recruitment despite having been committed to Tennessee since before the end of his sophomore season.
Sound familiar? It should.
Last week, 4-star Independence (Thompsons Station, Tenn.) WR Kendrell Scurry announced that he was re-opening his recruitment in wake of changes to the Volunteers’ coaching staff that saw longtime receivers’ coach Zach Azzanni head to the NFL and replaced by Georgia offensive analyst Kevin Beard.
Monday afternoon, Scurry’s high school teammate TJ Sheffield, a currently unranked receiver, made the same decision, announcing it on Twitter.
— Tj Sheffield (@the_tj2) March 13, 2017
After Scurry made his decision last week, he confirmed to SEC Country that Beard had been in contact with him prior to the announcement of his re-opened commitment. Sheffield’s note seemingly indicates that Beard has been in contact with him, too, with a mention of Beard among a few coaches who identified him as a “prospect of choice in the 2019 recruiting class.”
Sheffield and Scurry are in different places when it comes to their overall recruitment, however. When Scurry made his decision, he already had six offers including one from Ohio State. Sheffield has just two, with Vanderbilt being his other.
Sheffield has, however, drawn interest from several major schools including Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Michigan. If Sheffield is able to garner an offer from any one of those schools, the Vols will be in for a dogfight, especially since his relationship with the Tennessee coaching staff has essentially been reset with all of the changes being made on the offensive side of the ball. It is important to note, however, that linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen is his primary recruiter, which will be at least one familiar face on the staff.
Tennessee adds another receiver to its 2018 board
Beard has been active on the recruiting trail since taking over for Azzanni and has made a strong impression.
He doled out several offers to 2018 and 2019 guys in his first weekend on the job after the Vols’ second junior day and has continued to sprinkle a few more offers here and there. Another one happened Monday with 3-star Purvis, Miss. receiver C.J. Bolar tweeted that he’d received an offer from Tennessee.
— CJ Bolar? (@c1bolar) March 13, 2017
The 6-foot-2, 186-pound receiver now holds 13 offers including Mississippi State, Louisville and Memphis.
Bolar ranks as the 66th-best receiver in the class of 2018 by 247Sports’ rankings and is the No. 7 prospect in the state of Mississippi.
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