Josh Heupel didn’t waste any time getting to work after he was named the new head coach of the Tennessee Vols last month.
After Heupel was introduced as the Vols’ head coach, he quickly got on the phone with 2022 four-star quarterback Ty Simpson, a Tennessee native who is one of the top recruits in the nation.
“It’s very humbling to know that it was his first day and he was calling me,” said Simpson to VolQuest in late January.
If there’s one player that Tennessee needs to land it’s Simpson. He’s an in-state player that has the potential to be an elite collegiate quarterback (Simpson is mobile and he’s a baseball player at heart, so the first names that come to mind are Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson).
Simpson is set to announce his commitment on February 19, which is a little sooner than most folks thought he would commit. The early commitment date seemingly doesn’t bode well for Tennessee’s chances of landing Simpson. That’s less than a month for the new Vols staff to build a solid relationship with Simpson.
On Friday, however, Simpson spoke to 104.5 The Zone in Nashville and he had some things to say that should be very encouraging for UT fans.
For one, Heupel is making sure to stay in constant contact with the stud quarterback. Simpson said he’s talked with Heupel at least 20 times over the last couple of weeks.
Simpson also made it clear that the coaching change isn’t going to have a negative impact on Tennessee’s chances, telling 104.5 that he believes in committing to a school, not a coach.
Ty Simpson added, “I can definitely see myself going (to Tennessee).”
Said he’s talked to Josh Heupel at least 20 times. Thinks the Vols offense under Heupel will look similar to Ole Miss offense.
Asked if UT lost ground with him following the coaching change?
“Not at all.” https://t.co/A5puC5kDpN
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) February 12, 2021
Another thing that Simpson pointed out that I think should be encouraging for fans is that current players are telling him that it’s “fun” now at Tennessee.
Heupel hasn’t been the coach long on Rocky Top, but it certainly sounds like he’s changing the vibe already.
And if Heupel manages to land Simpson on February 19, the good vibes will be guaranteed to continue. That’s because Ty Simpson is the type of quarterback that could change the trajectory of Tennessee’s football program.
The Vols’ main competition for Simpson appears to be Alabama and Clemson.
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