One of the Tennessee Vols’ most intriguing 2020 signees is four-star safety Doneiko Slaughter.
Not only does Slaughter have a great football name, he’s also an aggressive defender who loves making big hits.
The Georgia native will be a fun weapon for Jeremy Pruitt and defensive coordinator/secondary coach Derrick Ansley.
Unsurprisingly, Slaughter is hoping to see the field as early as possible at Tennessee. But he’s not expecting to just be handed a spot in the defensive back rotation.
In fact, Slaughter doesn’t really care how he gets on the field — he just wants to make plays.
The 5-foot-11 safety told VolQuest this week “I just want to see the field. Special teams could be a great start.”
This is a great attitude for a young player to have toward special teams.
There are plenty of players who think special teams is beneath them. But some of the best players to play at Tennessee played special teams for the duration of their career at UT.
Jauan Jennings, AJ Johnson and Jalen Reeves-Maybin all continued to play on special teams even after becoming “stars” on Rocky Top.
Slaughter has yet to play a down at Tennessee, but it already feels like he’s going to be another fan favorite who is known for giving his all on the field at all times.
It’s clear that Pruitt and his staff are set on recruiting players that don’t just exhibit great athleticism, but also have a strong desire to make plays no matter the situation.
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