The Vols are actively seeking players from across the country to become building blocks in coach Butch Jones’ “brick-by-brick” philosophy, and that mindset has coaches searching throughout America’s borders for the best players possible.
One of those potential “bricks” lives in Ohio and is rapidly becoming one of its top wide receivers in the class of 2017. Scout four-star prospect Jaylen Harris is a lengthy, aggressive player who has already scored offers from Kentucky and Michigan before his junior season.
He’s hoping Tennessee won’t be far behind, so he ventured down to Knoxville for the Orange and White Game April 25 to get a first-hand glimpse of his potential new suitor.
“I liked everything about it,” Harris said. “I came down (April 24) and toured the facility and then toured it again (Saturday). It’s just a good visit.”
It was Harris’ first time on Rocky Top and one he won’t soon forget. The 6-5, 205-pound wide out from University Heights got a chance to meet with coaches, mingle around campus and take in the electric atmosphere that surrounded the 2015 edition of Tennessee’s spring game.
“Really I (was) on campus since I’ve been here,” he said. “I liked everything about it: the coaches, some of the players, everybody.”
Zach Azzanni, the Vols’ wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, has taken the role of chief recruiter in Tennessee’s pursuit of Harris and has already set aside time to speak more with the Cleveland Heights High School star.
“He told me that we’re really going to sit down and talk when I come back down for a camp,” Harris told InsideTennessee. “He watched my film or whatever. That was about it.”
The Vols’ coaching staff sees in Harris a forceful presence who can snap off the line and attack the ball at its highest point. He’s also not afraid to get dirty and enjoys the blocking aspect of the position.
The Scout four-star is also receiving early interest from Ohio State, West Virginia and a handful of other schools but hasn’t begun to think about what schools have an early lead on his services just yet.
“I can’t even really tell you,” Harris said. “I know Ohio State for sure. I like most every school in the SEC. I’ll probably wait until my senior year to commit.”