Tee Higgins de-committed from Tennessee Feb. 4, but that doesn't mean Butch Jones' program is out of the running for his skill set. The Scout four-star wide receiver said the Vols would be considered "a priority" of his moving forward and Higgins visited Knoxville to help headline a star-studded junior day Feb. 20.
"It went good," Higgins told InsideTennessee. "It was the same as last time I was here, but a little bit better. We went to talk to coach Z (wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni) and talked with coach (Butch) Jones and all the coaches."
Azzanni is the lead recruiter on the Scout No. 1-ranked Volunteer State wide receiver and has maintained a long relationship with the Oak Ridge High School standout. The fourth-year Vols assistant coach carved out some time to speak one-on-one with Higgins and his family.
"It's great," Higgins said of his bond with Azzanni. "We just have fun. We talk a lot about how he can get me the ball, stuff like that."
Tennessee will have to fend off a host of hungry schools to land the 6-foot-3, 175-pound talent. Michigan offered Higgins on Feb. 19 and Clemson is also making Higgins a priority. The rising senior ranks as the No. 7 pass catcher in the 2017 class and the No. 40 player in the country.
When it comes to finding a school to utilize his talents, Higgins is searching for a program that offers a major in communications that will foster his academic needs.
"Just what I want to major in (is what I'm looking for)," Higgins told InsideTennessee. "How good is their academics? I want to major in communications. I just like that major."
Known in coaching circles as a deep threat with who can stretch the field and make jaw-dropping adjustments in the air, Higgins boasts offers from Alabama, Clemson and Florida State, among others, and also wants a program with nice amenities.
"Fan base and facilities are nice," Higgins said. "I like stuff like that."
Higgins told InsideTennessee he doesn't have any other visits currently scheduled.
As a junior, Higgins caught 56 passes for 1,028 yards with 18 touchdowns. The Mr. Football award winner also returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.