BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — TJ Sheffield is a blip on recruiting radars that's starting to command more and more attention.
Tennessee offered the Independence (Tenn.) High School receiver from the 2019 class a scholarship on Oct. 5, and it was his first. Less than two weeks later, Vanderbilt pulled the trigger. Sheffield tripped to Knoxville to see the Vols play Alabama on Oct. 15 and then saw Tennessee at Vanderbilt on Nov. 26.
He is a teammate at Independence with future Tennessee Volunteer and fellow pass catcher Kendrell Scurry.
Sheffield and Independence High School battled back from being down two scores on the road in near-freezing temperatures to win 27-24 over Brentwood in a TSSAA Class 5A state semifinal on Friday night. It was a championship effort by the Eagles, who took down Sevier County 49-14 for the 5A gold ball in 2015.
Independence (14-0) faces Farragut (13-1) at Tucker Stadium on Tennessee Tech University's campus on Friday night at 7 p.m. Central.
As a freshman, Sheffield matched his skills up against older prospects at The Opening Atlanta back on March 19. Sheffield sized up at 5-feet-9, 152 pounds and laser-timed at 4.80 seconds in the 40-yard dash with a 4.65-second shuttle time.
See more from the mid-state standout in his first interview with Scout's InsideTennessee by watching the video above.