Fresh off of his visit to Tennessee Football, four-star tight end Roger Saleapaga II has set a commitment date. Saleapaga will choose between the Vols, Alabama, Auburn, Oregon and Utah on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
Saleapaga ranks as the No. 440 prospect overall in the 2024 class according to 247Sports Composite. He is also the No. 25 tight end in the class. Out of Orem High School in Utah, Saleapaga is the No. 4 prospect from the state.
Oregon currently seems to be the favorite to lane Saleapaga. There are two crystal balls for the tight end to Oregon, including one from Steve Wiltfong.
The 6-foot-4 and 220-pound tight end caught 78 receptions for 1,267 yards and 14 touchdowns during his junior season. Currently, he is the most realistic tight-end target remaining on the board for the Vols.
Saleapaga officially visited Tennessee Football the weekend of Nov. 17 for the Georgia game. He also took official visits to Auburn, Baylor, Oregon and Utah. He holds 22 offers overall, including SEC offers from the Vols, Auburn, Alabama and Texas A&M.
Tennessee’s lone tight-end commitment in the 2024 class is four-star Johnathan Echols. The staff would like to add some depth to the room, especially with the departures of Jacob Warren and McCallan Castles. Emmanuel Okoye, who is still learning football, and fellow redshirt freshman Ethan Davis are the only two tight ends on scholarship going into the 2024 season.
Approaching Early Signing Day, Saleapaga is the best option for Tennessee to add a tight end, unless it goes the portal route.
The Vols 2024 class ranks No. 12 by 247Sports. SEC schools Georgia, Alabama, Texas A&M and Florida come in slotted ahead of the Vols. Oklahoma and Texas are also ahead of Tennessee. A committment from Saleapaga could boost Tennessee Football in the rankings. More importantly, it will provide depth to a tight end room that has only two redshirt-freshmen on scholarship for 2024.