Tennessee football is as hot as they can be on the recruiting trail with another in-state commitment Tuesday afternoon. This time it is Elijah Howard.
The rich keep getting richer is a phrase I’ve heard all my life. In the case of Tennessee football and the recruiting trail right now, it couldn’t be more accurate.
On Tuesday afternoon the Vols picked up another commitment from 2021 athlete Elijah Howard from Knoxville, Tennessee. The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder has not been rated by 247Sports or the 247Sports Composite rankings. However, I would guess Howard would be a solid three-star prospect with a chance to move even higher with more high school football to play.
Howard joins Jordan Mosley the four-star wide receiver as the only players in the 2021 recruiting class with ranks 21st in the nation. Listed as an athlete at the moment, the plan is to play Howard in the secondary.
The Knoxville product had offers from Mississippi State, Purdue, Virginia, Tulane, and Virginia Tech. Alabama and Vanderbilt both showed interest, but neither team has offered as of yet.
It seems like Tennessee is becoming a defensive back university with all the recent commits from outstanding players. Honestly, would you expect anything different from Jeremy Pruitt and Derrick Ansley?
Howard has a lot of speed, and that will play well at whatever position he finds a home at. One thing to keep an eye on down the line is his ability to play a huge part in the special teams game. I wouldn’t be surprised a bit if Howard finds a home returning kickoffs or punts once he is a Tennessee Volunteer.
The commitment gives the Vols No.7 in June, and we expect more to come within the next couple of weeks. Although Howard isn’t ranked as of yet, it’s still a big get to keep standout players home for college. And, no one should complain about a commitment.