When the Tennessee Vols hired Josh Heupel in late January to replace Jeremy Pruitt as the program’s head coach, one of the big questions that fans and media analysts had was whether or not Heupel could recruit effectively in the SEC.

On Wednesday, Heupel showed everyone that there’s zero reason to be concerned about his recruiting abilities.

2022 four-star quarterback Tayven Jackson committed to the Vols on Wednesday, giving Tennessee its first quarterback commit of the Heupel era.

Jackson, 6-foot-4/195 lbs from Greenwood, IN, is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 18 pro-style quarterback in the nation and the No. 8 player in Indiana.

The talented quarterback also has offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Ole Miss, and South Carolina, among several others.

Jackson told VolQuest on Wednesday that he committed to Tennessee because he believes Heupel is a “perfect coach” to help develop him.

“I just think he’s going to be a perfect fit for me, especially as a quarterback,” said Jackson. “He’s a quarterback, a Heisman trophy runner up. He knows how to coach me. He knows what I have to do to get to the next level. I trust him and I trust him with my career.”

Landing Jackson is an impressive get for Heupel. Jackson may not be rated among the top quarterbacks in the nation, but he’s clearly a player that Power-5 programs covet.

And he’s going to play for Heupel and Tennessee, despite the program’s looming NCAA discipline for what we down under Pruitt.

The fact that Heupel was able to convince Jackson to commit to UT while the Volunteers are in the midst of a recruiting investigation, tells me all I need to know about Heupel as a recruiter.

Heupel has that “it” factor. Otherwise, Jackson wouldn’t be currently committed to Tennessee.

Featured image via Tennessee Athletic Communications/Rivals

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