Not even a day after the securing the nation’s 14th-best signing class for 2016, Tennessee’s only Class of 2017 commitment backed off his pledge to the program Thursday night.
Four-star receiver Tee Higgins, a standout at Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High School, called the de-commitment “a tough decision” in a message posted from his Twitter account. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound junior originally committed to the school in August, and while he noted that the Volunteers remain a priority for him, Higgins also made it clear he’s taking a fresh look at his recruitment.
“After a long time thinking and talking to my mother and coaches about this decision,” Higgins wrote, “I’ve been thinking for a long time about this and I’ve finally decided that I will be re-opening my recruitment for basketball and football. Tennessee is not out of the conclusion and I consider them a priority but for me to make the best decision and eliminate questions later, I have to look at other opportunities.
“I will not make any further comments until I have further clarity into my future. I ask that you respect my family and I during this time.”
Higgins, rated the nation’s No. 7 wideout as well as the third-best overall prospect in the state, had been actively urging others to join him in Knoxville, Tenn., as recently as last fall. However, he also understands the fluid nature of recruiting, as evidenced by his defense of five-star 2017 quarterback Hunter Johnson, who flipped from the Vols to Clemson in December.
All rankings and ratings according to the 247Sports Composite.