Tyree Weathersby adds to the list of prospects Josh Heupel has had success with from Georgia. Here are five things to know about the Tennessee football defensive end commitment.
Where Weathersby ranks
247Sports ranks Weathersby as a four-star prospect. He is the No. 56 prospect from Georgia and the No. 46 defensive lineman in the class of 2023.
ON3 holds Weathersby as the No. 16 defensive lineman and the No. 11 prospect from Georgia.
Rivals has Weathersby as a three-star prospect, the No. 54 defensive lineman, and the No. 65 prospect from Georgia.
Weathersby’s decision to choose Tennessee football
Weathersby had his fair share of colleges to choose from. Tennessee football extended him a scholarship offer in January.
The defensive lineman committed to the Vols during his official visit in June. Weathersby chose Tennessee over Auburn, Kentucky, and South Carolina, among others.
Weathersby’s high school, New Manchester high school in Douglasville, Ga., finished 0-10 this season. Despite the rough season, Weathersby shined on the field.
He finished with 61 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks this season.
In 2021, Weathersby helped lead New Manchester to the Georgia state playoffs while being named region 6-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned all-state mentions.
Rodney Garner has gained a reputation for putting together great defensive lines. He has consistently put defensive linemen in the NFL, like Matthew Butler most recently.
Weathersby can be the next great product of the coach.
At 6-foot-5 and 251-pounds, Weathersby possesses a wiry frame that he can definitely grow into.
Given his current build, Tennessee football can utilize Weathersby standing up more than likely. If Garner can put some weight onto Weathersby and let him grow into his body, he could put his hand in the dirt and get to the quarterback effectively.
Why Tennessee football?
Many prospects reference Josh Heupel when they commit, and Weathersby is no different. Heupel is a very effective recruiter and is gaining momentum for the Vols.
Ultimately, it was Heupel’s efforts that led Weathersby to pledge to the Vols.
“It was just a family feel,” Weathersby told BVM Sports. “I talk to the coaches almost every day, especially Coach Heupel. He makes it a fun experience. And I’m not even there yet. I can’t wait to be there.”
Note: This is part of a series of articles looking at prospects who make up the Vols’ 2023 recruiting class leading up to the early signing period.