TJ Sheffield is set to compete for a state championship to cap his sophomore season. Then, he has two more years of prep football to play.
It’ll be quite awhile before the slot receiver will line up in an offense in college, however, Sheffield already knows where that will take place — Tennessee. The skilled pass catcher pulled the trigger on a commitment to the Volunteers on Monday evening.
“They have my major, and I just feel like it’s the best college for me,” Sheffield told InsideTennessee. “I love the fans. The fan base they’ve got is amazing. Going down there and seeing all the bright orange and seeing all the fans and stuff, it’s just nice.
“It’s very, very, very exciting (being committed). Just knowing that you’re going to a wonderful university just puts a smile on your face.”
Sheffield’s declaration gives the Vols two verbal commitments for the 2019 class with both being pass catchers from Independence (Tenn.) High School, joining Scout four-star prospect Kendrell Scurry.
Tennessee linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen mines the mid-state for potential Volunteers and headed up the effort to get the Independence receiver on board. The conversation he and Sheffield had to inform Tennessee of the receiver’s decision brought smiles.
“(Thigpen) was kind of giggling; he was laughing and he said it made his day and he was very hype,” Sheffield said.
“He’s a cool coach. He’s very hype. He’s come down to our school to see me and Kendrell one time and he came to one of our games.”
Scurry’s reaction to knowing his teammate would be joining him on Rocky Top to help the Big Orange aerial attack was succinct.
“He just said, ‘GBO,’” Sheffield said laughingly.
The Eagles play Farragut in the TSSAA Class 5A state championship at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville on Friday night at 7 Central.
Sheffield, 16, plans to major in Business and Marketing in college.