Donaven Tennyson was a spectator on National Signing Day as his senior teammates signed their letters of intent to their future schools. But with several programs already focused on the 2016 prospect, it’s only a matter of time before the wide receiver hits the “big time.”
“I’ve had several teammates participate in National Signing Day,” Tennyson told InsideTennessee. “It’s a wonderful feeling when you get to officially be a part of a big-time program. Some kids dream of signing so it’s the big time.”
Tennyson has received offers from several schools, including Boston College, East Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia and West Virginia. The Benedictine High School (Richmond, Virginia) standout is thankful for the attention he’s received, which he believes is a testament to his talent.
“Hard work pays off and I give God the credit,” Tennyson said. “But it was a great feeling just to have an SEC offer. That just shows what caliber of player you are and I’m happy to have it.”
Tennyson claims education and his relationship with his coaching staff are the two main factors in his college decisions.
“Education is the most important thing,” Tennyson said. “You can’t do anything without it. The other main factor is the coaching staff. I have to be able to have a good relationship with my coaches if I’m going to be there all four years. Those are going to be the coaches who look out for me and are basically all I have. So those are the two main factors."
Fortunately for the Vols, the junior has kept in contact with Tennessee wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, who has served as his main recruiter.
“We talk a lot,” Tennyson said. “We are building a great relationship right now. He keeps me updated with everything that’s going on. He loves me, I love him and we just have a great relationship.”
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Tennyson is also impressed by the Vols’ history at the wide receiver position. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound prospect welcomes the challenge of continuing the legacy of “Wide Receiver U” and competing for playing time among a talented group of returning and incoming wideouts.
“I know that Tennessee is known for its wide receivers,” Tennyson said. “They call them ‘Wide Receiver U’ and I’ve always asked the big-time recruits what they think of each program. They always tell me that ‘Tennessee is a great program, they have the best facilities and great fans.’ So I always hear great things about the Vols. A few prospects have seen it first hand and can tell me what it’s about since I haven’t been down there yet. But I plan on going down to visit in a couple of weeks to see it for myself.
“It’s very important to play alongside talented receivers. Everybody is trying to go get it. It’s tough because you have to compete with the best. If you want to be the best you have to compete with the best. I’m looking forward to playing at the college level. I know (Tennessee wide receiver signee) Preston Williams is a great athlete. I’m very excited for him and I wish him the best.”
Tennyson will attend an invite-only Tennessee junior day on Feb. 21. The junior plans to commit in the “next couple of months” and looks to improve his speed entering his senior season.
“Getting faster is one of my main goals,” Tennyson said. “Getting faster and building on my strength, those are the two main goals. I need to stay focused, lift weights, working on my feet and just be the best I can. Getting down to a low-4.3 is my main goal for next year.”