NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It’s not every time a coaching staff gets surprised by a visit from a blue-chip recruit.
Put one in the win column for Tee Higgins as he snuck up on Tennessee coaches at the school’s first satellite camp of the summer at Tennessee State University on Sunday.
“They were happy to see me,” Higgins said. “They didn’t know I was going to come out. So, it was a nice surprise for them.
The Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High School two-sport star cut the list of schools he is going to consider down the stretch down to five: Clemson, Florida State, Ole Miss, Ohio State and Tennessee.
“It’s my hometown,” Higgins said of one of the reasons why he has the Vols at No. 1. “My family can come watch me play.”
Speculation has the Tigers as a team that’s going to be tough to beat for Higgins’ signature on a National Letter of Intent.
“They’re No. 2 on my list, so obviously I like them a lot,” Higgins said. “You know they’ve got some cool guys like Amari (Rodgers) or Hunter (Johnson) that I’m cool (with) and real close with them. So, it’d be good playing with them two.”
Several current Vols were at the STATEment Day Camp in Music City. The pass catcher is quickly getting to know members of Team 120.
“Them guys, they’re pretty funny, they’re cool,” Higgins said. “I mean we get along pretty well. Knowing that they can be my teammates one day is pretty cool.”
The 6-foot-4, 188-pounder confirmed he will be shoulder to shoulder with Tennessee coaches again at the Orange Carpet Day event on June 18.
“I’m just trying to learn how everything works like school-wise, academic-wise and get to know about that type of stuff,” the Oak Ridge native said.
He will also be back at Clemson for a camp June 14-16.