On Wednesday, the Tennessee Vols received their first commitment to their 2022 recruiting class.
Three-star outside linebacker Elijah Herring announced his commitment to the Vols via Twitter.
Herring, 6-foot-2/225 lbs from Murfreesboro, TN, is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 28 player in Tennessee and the No. 695 overall player in the 2022 recruiting class.
It’s safe to say that Herring will likely be one of Tennessee’s lower-rated players during the 2022 recruiting cycle.
But his commitment is still extremely important for the Vols. And it’s not just because of what he might bring to the program on the field.
It’s who he could bring with him.
Herring’s younger brother is Caleb Herring, a four-star defensive end who is rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 2023 player in Tennessee.
Caleb Herring is obviously going to be one of the Vols’ top targets in the 2023 class.
If Josh Heupel is going to “own the state”, then Caleb Herring is a player Tennessee has to land. It should make it a lot easier to convince the dynamic defensive end to come to Knoxville if his brother is already on campus.
The Vols were heavily recruiting the younger Herring under previous head coach Jeremy Pruitt. And it appears the new UT coaching staff is recruiting him just as hard.
Caleb Herring told Rivals last month that Tennessee is one of the programs “standing out” in his recruitment.
Though he also noted that he’s not really focused on recruiting right now.
“I’m not worried about recruiting right now,” Herring said. “I’m going to get more into it when I’m a senior.”
Tennessee has plenty of time to build a solid relationship with Caleb Herring and win him over. The fact that his brother will be on campus just a couple of hours away should certainly help the Vols in their efforts to land the stud defensive end.
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