Hat trick for Tisdale

Recruiting analysts foretold of Tariqious Tisdale's upside earlier this summer. Now, in one weekend, the Volunteer State junior has three Southeastern Conference offers from which to choose.

A lot of orange-clad fans left Neyland Stadium on Saturday happy to see Tennessee get a convincing win against a pesky Arkansas State team.

Tariqious Tisdale, a visiting in-state prospect for the 2016 class, was also happy to see Tennessee pull out a victory against the Red Wolves. However, he was especially pleased to get something else — a scholarship offer.

“Coach Butch Jones,” Tisdale answered when asked which Tennessee coach extended the offer. “He just told me to keep it up. (When) he said he had some info for me, he said he was going to offer me.”

What else grabbed the junior’s attention during his very first time attending a major college football game? Tisdale didn’t hesitate citing the “great people” and fans on Rocky Top as a big attraction.

With an offer from Jones and Co. in his pocket, the 6-foot-4, 237-pounder has now picked up his second Southeastern Conference football overture in as many days. Tisdale said Ole Miss pulled the trigger Friday night.

SEC counterpart Mississippi State has offered the Lexington (Tenn.) High athlete as well.

With nearly two full high school seasons still on the slate, don’t be surprised if the Volunteer State prospect gets a lot more attention. Tisdale, whose stature hasn’t nearly plateaued, says he plays running back and middle linebacker for his team.

Tisdale told IT the Vols are recruiting him as a defensive end.

Though his recruitment looks to be heating up significantly, Tisdale has already made plans to see his home-state program at least one more time this fall. He said he will try to make it back to Knoxville for when the Vols play the Florida Gators on Oct. 4.


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