One of Josh Heupel’s biggest points of emphasis as the Tennessee Vols head coach will be in-state recruiting.

“The most important thing that we do is lock down our (in-state recruiting) borders,” said Heupel at his introductory press conference. “We have to keep the kids inside of this state here, and that’s for multiple reasons.”

The 2022 talent in Tennessee is particularly impressive. And the Vols can’t afford to miss on too many of those players.

One of those recruits is three-star linebacker Langston Patterson.

Patterson, 6-foot-1/215lbs from Nashville, TN (CPA), is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 17 inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 15 player in Tennessee.

The talented linebacker is actually an Alabama legacy (his dad played for Bama), but it’s the Vols that appear to be the biggest threat to land Patterson.

“Tennessee has one of the best staffs in the nation and the culture to back it up,” said Patterson to VolQuest this week. “I’m excited to continue to meet and talk with the players as recruiting goes on.”

“You’ll never meet a more diehard fanbase than Tennessee fans,” added Patterson. “This program has a great culture with so many people backing it up.”

Patterson is hoping to take visits before making a decision (visits have been shut down by the NCAA through May 31). The plan is for Patterson to commit before his senior season.

Vanderbilt is also in the mix here.

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