The Tennessee Vols could have a shot at landing the nation’s top-rated 2023 recruit, according to a national recruiting analyst.

Adam Friedman, who covers recruiting for Rivals, recently discussed whether or not he believes the Vols can be a factor for five-star defensive end Lebbeus Overton.

“It’s so early in Overton’s recruitment that every team still has a shot,” said Friedman. “Tennessee is close to home, he knows some of the players there, and the coaching staff has been working hard to make up for lost time.”

“Right now the main group for Overton is Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Clemson but Tennessee has as good a chance as any to get into the upper echelon of his recruitment if they keep hitting all the right buttons,” added Friedman.

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Overton, 6-foot-3/265 lbs from Alpharetta, GA (Milton), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 1 player in the 2023 recruiting class.

It’s good news for Tennessee that Friedman, who is obviously dialed into the high school football recruiting scene, feels like the Vols have a shot to land Overton.

But it seems unlikely that UT will actually be able to convince the talented defenisve end to come to Rocky Top.

Tennessee just isn’t in a place yet where they can land five-star talent over programs like Alabama and Clemson.

Now, maybe that changes over the next year. Maybe Josh Heupel overachieves in his first year in Knoxville. I think the Vols will eventually get to a point where they’re a major factor for players like Overton.

But I’m not sure when that will be.

Either way, Tennessee is going to continue to pursue players like Overton and other top recruits.

And for now, that’s really all you can ask for if you’re a Tennessee fan.

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