Tee Higgins can make a profound case of being the best wide receiver prospect in the Volunteer State and the top offensive playmaker in the state’s 2017 recruiting class.
Several schools have taken early notice of the Higgins’ upside and how he could weaponize the edge of a college offense down the road. Clemson, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina and Tennessee have each offered a scholarship.
“I keep in touch with all the schools that have offered me,” Higgins told Scout. “They told me I have to keep in touch with them.”
The Volunteers have the inside track to land the 6-foot-3 sophomore, who lists Tennessee as a school that sticks out to him. Higgins visited Rocky Top five times unofficially for games at Neyland Stadium this fall, including the home season finale versus Missouri.
“I like the atmosphere; it’s pretty nice,” Higgins said.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian recruits the Knoxville area for Tennessee and already has a relationship with the Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High School standout.
“He’s a pretty cool guy,” Higgins said of the second-year Vols assistant coach.
The long-strider whose frame and gait are eerily similar to that of former Vols standout and current Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter says he looks up to Big Orange sophomore pass-catcher Marquez North and grew up a fan of Tennessee.
“I like how he (North) plays,” Higgins said. “I like how he comes off the ball, do moves, block and all that.”
Oak Ridge (12-1) lost in the 2014 TSSAA Class 5A state quarterfinals to then-undefeated Rhea County 35-21. In his sophomore finale while dealing with a sprained knee, Higgins caught six passes for 145 yards.
The injury was sustained the week before in a victory over Cleveland on a reception that set up the Wildcats’ only touchdown.
“Yeah, my knee just gave out on me,” Higgins said. “I don’t know what happened. I just fell; I couldn’t run no more.
“It was an under route. I caught it and said, ‘I’ve got to make a big play; I’ve got to go score.’”