Although just a prep freshman, Bryn Tucker has already spent his fair share of time on Tennessee’s campus.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder oozes potential as an offensive linemen and proximity is an advantage for the Volunteers as he competes at Knoxville Catholic School.
Even though he was one of the younger participants, Tucker again tripped to Rocky Top on Feb. 18 for another junior day. One of the key differences this time involved Tennessee having a new offensive line coach as Walt Wells replaced Don Mahoney this winter.
“I was meeting the new coaches, coach Wells and more of the coaches as kind of get used to them, exchange numbers and contacts and stuff like that but they can’t contact me yet,” Tucker said. “So keep in contact with them my sophomore year.
“Just getting to know each other…and just know about families and how we’re doing, where we’re from, how our teams were doing this year and how our teams will look this year basically.”
Developing the relationship with Wells is key to building a road that leads the 2020 class talent to a Tennessee uniform.
“We spent time together,” Tucker said of Wells. “He’s a great man, real cool dude I can blend with. He’s from mid-state, so I can tell how we can bond with each other really well.”
Louisville and Mississippi State offered Tucker scholarships this March. In February, it was Alabama and Mississippi pulling the trigger. Louisiana State was the first to offer, doing so on July 23, 2016, which was a pair of days before the Volunteers extended their opportunity.
The Knoxville Catholic right tackle is part of a 2020 class of Volunteer State prospects that’s already getting ample attention. Other freshmen linemen with Power 5 conference offers are Tyler Baron, Cooper Mays, Dallas Walker and Jake Wray.
Butch Jones and his staff has already hosted all five for recruiting events.
“They’re not trying to pressure us or anything like that,” said Tucker, who camped at Tennessee last June. “It’s basically just the basics kinda.”
Tucker is a native of Shelbyville and transferred to Catholic in time for his freshman after playing at Harris Middle School. He’s been hearing from Tennessee for some time and visited Neyland Stadium as a prospect for the Vols’ 53-28 win over Vanderbilt on Nov. 28, 2015. He also was invited for a junior day on The Hill back in March 2016. He got familiar with life in orange and white while spending time in the Peyton Manning Locker Room in May 2015.