Vols still 'up there' for fast-rising Higgins

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The secret is out on Tee Higgins.

If Tennessee wants to keep its Scout four-star prospect close to home for his college football, it has its work cut out for it.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder holds eight offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee with Ohio State close to pulling the trigger.

Higgins said the Volunteers are “up there” among his top group but added that Clemson and Georgia recruit him hard as well. He plans to visit both campuses this summer.

The Big Orange coaches were able to spend more sitdown time with the local product during a spring trip over to The Hill.

Aside from time in the Anderson Training Center, the Class of 2017 prospect enjoyed watching the “Circle of Life” drill the Vols participate in that Higgins saw while viewing practice.

“It was a pretty good experience seeing UT’s locker room and how big it is,” Higgins said. “Campus is pretty cool. The coaches, they’re pretty cool and relaxed. I like the way they work the team at practice and all that.

Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North
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Tennessee rising sophomore and former Scout four-star prospect Marquez North is a wide receiver Higgins looks up to. The pair exchanged words during Higgins’ visit.

“I was in a receiver meeting,” the Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High School star said. “Actually got to shake his hand, told him how I look up to him and all that. He said I just have to keep working on the field, train, work hard and stay hard in the classroom.”

The spring trip included talks with Tennessee coaches, including head man Butch Jones.

“He’s a nice guy,” Higgins said of Jones. “They say they love me here.

“If I was to come here, it’s easy for my mom to get here and watch my games.”

With former offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Knoxville area recruiter is now defensive coordinator John Jancek.

“I’ve been talking to him on the phone lately,” Higgins said of Jancek. “It’s pretty cool. I’ve got to get to know the guy a little bit more. Other than that, it should be all right.”

A defensive-minded coach taking over as his area recruiter doesn’t seem to bother the playmaker.

“It’s kind of just a guy to educate me on Tennessee football,” Higgins said. “It really doesn’t matter offense or defense. But I talk to some of the offensive coaches a lot.”

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