Tee Higgins, Tennessee’s 5A Mr. Football Award winner, looked to be staying in state when he committed to the Volunteers in December. But less than two months later the 6-foot-5, 190-pound four-star wide receiver from Oak Ridge, Tenn., backed off on that pledge.
“I’ve been thinking for a long time about this and I’ve finally decided that I will be re-opening my recruitment for basketball and football,” Higgins wrote in a statement he posted on Twitter. “Tennessee is not out of the conclusion and I consider them a priority but for me to make the best decision and eliminate questions later, I have to look at other opportunities.”
That opened the door for Notre Dame to get involved and the Irish offered a short time later. Notre Dame is joined on Higgins’ offer list by Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan and Ohio State.
Higgins has since maintained regular contact with the Notre Dame coaching staff.
“I DM some of the coaches, mostly coach (Mike) Elston,” he said. “We just have a nice little conversation. I feel good about it. I don’t know much about it but I would like to get to know more about it.”
Higgins included Notre Dame as one of the schools he’d like to visit soon.
“Yeah, it could (be one of the schools),” he said. “It’s something to start thinking about.”
He’s already attended games at Tennessee and Clemson. Plans to see other programs this spring and summer are already in the works.
“I haven’t visited any here lately,” he said. “I went to a Tennessee game and a Clemson game. I don’t know where though but, yeah, I’m going to go to some.”
Higgins also plans to attend The Opening Regional in Charlotte on April 24.
As a junior, Higgins caught 52 passes for 941 yards and scored 18 touchdowns. He also racked up 41 tackles with three interceptions as a defensive back.
“I’m a vertical threat,” he said. “We run a Wishbone so it’s a lot of one-on-one (routes).”
Higgins, who plans to major in communications, claims to be open to any school that offers.
“I don’t have any top schools right now,” he said. “I like all of them really.”