The Tennessee Vols struck gold when they signed four-star linebacker Henry To’o To’o during the 2019 recruiting cycle.

To’o To’o proved to be one of the Vols’ most important players as a true freshman, instantly making a massive impact for Tennessee on the defensive side of the ball.

Not only did To’o To’o perform extremely well as a true freshman, he also instantly became a fan favorite in Knoxville.

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The California native performed so well, in fact, that Tennessee is already preparing for his early departure.

One of the Vols’ main 2021 recruiting targets is four-star linebacker Junior Colson, the nation’s No. 8 outside linebacker and the No. 2 player in the state of Tennessee.

Colson told Rivals this week that Tennessee’s coaches are hoping he can soon take over for To’o To’o.

“I’ve talked to Coach Ansley, and he wants me to be the heir when Henry leaves. I would be learning under Henry the first year and starting next to him. I’ll learn everything I need to in order to take the helm when he leaves to the draft,” said Colson.

It sounds like Tennessee already knows that To’o To’o is talented enough to head to the NFL as an early entrant to the draft.

While Vol fans will undoubtedly hate to see To’o To’o leave early (if that ends up being the case), it would mean that the former four-star linebacker was an absolute stud on Rocky Top.

And based on what we saw during To’o To’o’s freshman year (72 total tackles and five tackles for loss), I’d say that’s a likely outcome.

Jeremy Pruitt and his staff, however, are always thinking a step ahead.

Colson, by the way, will announce his commitment on Sunday afternoon. Michigan, LSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Oregon are the schools in the mix.

Though it certainly feels like this is ultimately a battle between Michigan and Tennessee.

Featured image via USA Today/Randy Sartin
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