Tennessee football hosted its last recruiting weekend of June this past weekend, welcoming several elite prospects for official visits. The weekend will be massive as Tennessee looks to entrench itself in several battles with top schools.
Here’s a look at what some of the official visitors, coaches and even Donde Plowman had to say on social media.
EDGE Elijah Rushing
Rushing, a five-star EDGE rusher, officially visited Tennessee this past weekend. He has also officially visits Oregon, Notre Dame, Arizona and UCLA.
The 6-6 and 235-pounder from Salpointe (Az.) Catholic wanks as the No. 25 prospect nationally and the No. 3 EDGE in the 2024 class. He ranks up 11.5 sacks and 73 tackles, including 13.5 for loss in 2022.
WR Amari Jefferson
Committed to Tennessee for baseball, Jefferson will be taking his official football visit this weekend. He ranks as the No. 267 prospect nationally and the No. 22 prospect.
Jefferson, from the Baylor School in Chattanooga, is a prospect Josh Heupel and his staff are tying hard to keep in-state. The 6-1 and 196-pound Jefferson also has officially visited Georgia and Alabama.
ATH Boo Carter
Recent in-state commitment Carter will be taking his official visit this weekend. Carter ranks as the No. 206 prospect nationally and the No. 17 athlete in his class according to 247Sports Composite. He also ranks as the No. 2 prospect from the state of Tennessee.
Carter spent his junior season at Chattanooga Christian School before transferring to Brainerd for the basketball season. He is spending his senior season at Bradley Central due to TSSAA rules that state he would not be allowed to play a sport at a high school less than 20 miles away from his former school.
RB Braylen Russell
Russell announced he will be committing on July 14, and the race has largely come down to Tennessee and Arkansas. He has officially visited the Razorbacks and South Carolina as well.
The 6-2 and 230-pound back out of Benton (AR.) High School ranks as the No. 288 prospect and the No. 24 running back in the class. He ran for 1,643 yards and 26 touchdowns on 6.8 yards per carry as a junior, while catching 22 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown.
RB Peyton Lewis
Lewis, who committed to Tennessee at the end of May, will take his official visit this weekend. He ranks as the No. 193 prospect and a four-star in the 2024 class.
Out of Salem, Virginia, Tennessee is the commit’s only official visit. Lewis, at 6-1 and 190 pounds, brings something special to the Tennessee backfield. He holds several state titles for track, while clocking in a personal best time of 10.50 seconds in the 100-meter dash.