2021 three-star defensive lineman Jailen Weaver isn’t one of the top-rated recruits in the nation, but he’s still a player that the Tennessee Vols could use on their roster.

Weaver, 6-foot-9/290 lbs from Antioch, CA, is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 79 player in the state of California and the No. 55 weakside defensive end in the nation.

The California native has notable offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Washington State.

Weaver, who also plays basketball and runs track, is an impressive athlete for his size. He recently told VolQuest that he’s been clocked running a 4.8 in the 40 yard dash.

But while those skills are impressive, that’s not the main reason I think he’s a player the Vols should pursue.

Weaver is a hard worker who wants to be coached hard. He wants to get better every day.

“I’m a real up front person. I need a coaching staff that won’t mess around or sugarcoat anything. I don’t want to hear one story and then have it change when I get there. I need them to be on all of us to get better,” said Weaver to VolQuest.

The massive defensive lineman added “I’m looking for some teammates who are focused. I’m not going to a major university to lose games. That’s just not my style.”

Weaver would be a perfect fit in the culture that Jeremy Pruitt has built at Tennessee.

And he has great size and speed — two things that can’t be taught.

Sometimes recruiting rankings aren’t relevant. This is one of those times.

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