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Tennessee impresses on visit
Class of 2020 safety Trenton Yowe’s life changed forever last Wednesday. He received his first star rating from a recruiting site, a 4-star grade by 247Sports. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Yowe’s phone quickly lit up with calls and direct messages from coaches across the country.
Yowe is drawing interest from top programs that want a visit. Tennessee had the privilege of hosting Yowe on his first unofficial visit since the rating.
“It was pretty good, in my opinion,” Yowe told SEC Country. “They made me feel at home. Like I talked with Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt. He said they are going to recruit me; see he’s been real busy. He hasn’t been able to go from A to B real quick. All the other coaches were saying they are going to offer me.”
The Calera, Ala., native received his first college offer on Sunday from Morehouse College. Plenty more will be coming his way. Pruitt likes to watch film and evaluate a prospect before extending an offer. But he has been busy the last few weeks; Tennessee’s pro day was Monday, and spring practice began Tuesday.
Yowe has a unique perspective compared to other top recruits. He got to see Tennessee through a different lens when he visited the program a few weeks ago.
“I went up there a couple of weeks ago for a tour,” Yowe said. “It wasn’t legit, though because I wasn’t a star. I just wanted to get the feel. Tennessee really stands out.”
There was a different vibe the second he walked into the Vols facility. Every coach knew who he was and wanted to get to know him. He also got face time with Pruitt. Yowe spent most of the time with safeties coach Charles Kelly.
Yowe realized his recruitment had changed forever.
“It really hit me,” he said. “I was a nobody, a zero-star just a few days ago. Nobody knew who I was, nobody knew my name, none of that.”
Coaches started reaching out Wednesday and haven’t stopped. This will be the new norm for Yowe as lives life as a 4-star prospect.
“Georgia has been blowing me up like crazy,” Yowe said. “LSU wants me to come up there this weekend coming up. I’ve been talking to Middle Tennessee and Memphis about coming up there. A bunch of schools want me to visit.”
Mississippi State, Alabama, Oklahoma, Memphis and Middle Tennessee State have been the most consistent in talking with Yowe.
Yowe is working out where he wants to visit. As a 2020 prospect, there is plenty of time.
“I used to always hit up coaches instead of coaches hitting up me,” Yowe said. “I just tried to get my film out, hard. Every day I was sending out film to a bunch of coaches and never get a call or anything. Going from a zero-star to a 4-star and having coaches blowing up my phone and wanting to get in contact with me was unbelievable.”
At 6-2 and only a sophomore, he has a frame that coaches can project turning into something special. He has played cornerback in the past but is starting to focus on safety. His mindset on defense likely stood out to the Tennessee staff.
“I can play the ball in the air,” Yowe said. “If the ball is in the air, I’m going to pick it off and get somewhere with it. I’m dangerous. I’m playing safety now, and I feel like if the quarterback throws it, I can pick it off. I can also close out tight spaces quickly.”
Tennessee is in on a fast-rising prospect of the future. Expect to see Yowe’s name plenty as a Tennessee offer and more visits to Rocky Top are likely.
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