Atlanta – From Rival Underclassman Challenge On Friday, National Recruiting Director Adam Gorny spoke about Tennessee’s top prospects, how recruitment is moving faster than ever with 2025 prospects, and wrote about his thoughts on some standout quarterbacks from the event at today’s Three-Point Stance:
1. Tennessee Talk
I sat in the hotel lobby on Thursday for Media Day at the rival Underclassman Challenge and after talking to about 30 prospects I was shocked to see how many Tennessees were mentioned in their appointments, mainly in the 2024 and 2025 classes.
David Stone said the volunteers are moving forward. Jordan Anderson is certainly interested in Tennessee after his 7-on-7 quarterback Nico Imaleva committed. Cum Pringle is going to Knoxville this weekend. Marquis Lightfoot, Jozia Edmund, Jamir Benjamin, Miles Jackson and Cutter Boli were some of the top prospects who said they were serious about Tennessee.
These statements backed up other discussions from last week’s OT7 event in Las Vegas where a whole bunch of other top prospects talked about volunteers and how interested they are in the program.
When I sat down with Imleva and her father in Las Vegas, they talked about coaching Josh HuppelIts sincerity and what he has done but also about the countless assistants who have made a big impression and how the five-star quarterback has gone from hiring to hiring. It’s certainly a team effort and the volleys aren’t at the top yet but many elite players are tending things in the right direction as they speak.
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2. Recruitment is going fast
Early offers are nothing new in recruitment and with the dawn of social media there are lots of new offers for young players very openly but this weekend I was fascinated by how deep the chances of some recruitment in 2025 are. Class
These are players who are still in their high school new years but many have double digit offers, have already taken many extended tours to visit colleges across the country and much more. Part of me thinks that with so many significant changes always taking place across the landscape of college football this early start is so useful but a jump start – and as much information as possible – can’t hurt.
Here are some recent buzz about 2025 prospects: Marcus Harris has Georgia and Texas among his favorites; Jordan Davison has four standing; Kobe Howard just received an LSU offer and visited Texas A&M; Winston Watkins is already committed to Texas A&M but Ohio State, Clemson and others are pushing; Bear Tenney landed in Georgia and Tennessee after just visiting both schools; Brett Bordelon, when asked about teammate Arch Manning, has Alabama, Georgia and LSU. There are many more – and it is still too early.
3. Thinking about quarterback
The 2024 group was well represented where Camry McClellan won the MVP position and then KJ Jackson, Mabrey Metawar and Miles Jackson all spent their bright moments throughout the workout. McClellan is leaning but still throws with energy and has a great time with the receiver. Mettauer is big and it has arm talent to back it up, Jackson has great ability and also left and Jackson had an impressive performance.
But I was especially looking forward to the 2025 group because TJ Latif had moments, Antwen Hill 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds and down the road could be really special, Jander Smith has a few Power Five offers but one show a lot of power and then the cut bid , Who just came up with a Michigan offer, is likely to be really special in the years to come.
During the camp, there was a serious debate over whether a middle schoolman was actually the best quarterback of the event. His years as a technician at the Los Alamitos, California Jaden O’Neill QB Spot are over, his years are over, his body is full and the way is over. Much younger than him in a group of really talented quarterbacks, O’Neill looked great.