The Tennessee Vols have landed a slew of talented 2021 commits over the last month, including two five-star players and several four-star players.
Highly rated players are typically expected to contribute early. In fact, the opportunity to play early has been a big selling point for Tennessee during their recent recruiting surge.
But that’s not always how it works out.
Sometimes those highly rated players don’t contribute until they’re juniors or seniors. It all depends on development and how the depth chart looks.
There’s one 2021 Vols commit, however, that I believe is highly likely to either start as a true freshman or at least contribute in a big way.
Four-star defensive back Kamar Wilcoxson.
Last week, I touched on the incredible confidence that Wilcoxson possesses. And that’s part of the reason I think he’ll be able to have a big impact for Tennessee in 2021.
But it’s not the only reason.
Wilcoxson is a determined kid that wants to be great. His desire to get better every day and be an asset for the Vols has led to him working like he’s already on the team.
The Georgia native, who currently plays at IMG Academy in Florida, has spent a portion of his time during the coronavirus shutdown working out with a couple of current Tennessee players.
Wilcoxson, along with UT defensive backs Bryce Thompson and Trevon Flowers, has been working out in Atlanta with trainer Oliver Davis II.
Not only is Wilcoxson working to get better, but he’s doing it the Tennessee way.
According to The Athletic, Wilcoxson reached out to Vols defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley for a list of drills that Tennessee’s defensive backs go through in practice. Wilcoxson then passed those drills along to Davis to incorporate into the workouts.
The desire that Wilcoxson has to be great is extremely apparent. He eats, breathes and lives football.
“I don’t really watch TV anymore. I just watch film. If I leave the house, it’s usually to work out,” said Wilcoxson to the The Athletic.
If Tennessee’s trio of third-year defensive backs (Thompson, Flowers and Alontae Taylor) take a major step forward in 2020, there’s a decent chance that at least one of them declares for the 2021 NFL Draft.
In that scenario, Wilcoxson would have an immediate path to starting.
And Wilcoxson has already made it clear that he plans to start as a freshman.
I’d almost be surprised if he didn’t.
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