The focus for Tennessee football may be all about the 2021 season now, but Josh Heupel still has to look ahead, and he continues to do so for the Vols on the recruiting trail. He’s now got them a bit closer to potentially landing their first player from Massachusetts since the 1950s.
UT made the top three for 2022 wide receiver Elic Ayomanor. A three-star on Rivals and 247Sports out of Deerfield Academy in Franklin County, Mass., Ayomanor stands at 6’3″ 205 pounds, giving him solid size for a wideout.
Joining Tennessee football on Ayomanor’s list are two Pac 12 programs, the Stanford Cardinal and Cal Golden Bears. He announced the schools and his commitment date of Friday, Aug. 27 Monday night on Twitter.
Obviously, the Vols have to be doing something right to be in the running for a Massachusetts prospect who is only looking at Power Five schools in the Northern California region outside of them. It could easily be the intrigue of Josh Heupel’s offense, as David Shaw runs a run-oriented pro-style at Stanford, and Justin Wilcox is defensive-minded with Cal.
Whatever the reason is, the Vols could definitely use a player like Ayomanor. Despite having lots of potential at receiver, the talent is mostly unproven. Only Velus Jones Jr., a fifth-year senior, has proven himself at this level in any significant way.
Ayomanor would bring more size to the receiver position and a heck of a lot more depth. Despite just being a three-star who isn’t even listed on ESPN, he could be an immediate go-to player for the Vols. Heupel is a master at utilizing these type of receivers.
Currently, there are no favorites to land Ayomanor on the Rivals Future Cast. Stanford is the unanimous favorite on the 247Sports Crystal Ball among three predictions with an average six confidence interval, which indicates medium confidence.
As a result, Stanford appears like the favorite at the moment. However, Tennessee football is the favorite on the Rivals Fan Future Cast, albeit an unscientific analysis. The Vols should definitely be in play, so pay attention to what he does.