Tennessee football adds commitment from 2022 DB Christian Harrison, son of NFL legend Rodney Harrison

Two days after securing just its second winning season in five years, Tennessee football added just its second commitment since the season began in early September. The first commitment came exactly one week earlier, and both have been on defense.

Atlanta-area defensive back Christian Harrison, son of New England Patriots legend Rodney Harrison, announced his commitment to Rocky Top. A three-star across the board, Harrison stands at 6’1″ 180 pounds.

Coming out of College Park, Ga., Harrison is also listed as a cornerback specifically across the board despite his father gaining fame as a safety. He announced his commitment to Tennessee football Wednesday night on Twitter.

With Kenneth George Jr. and Theo Jackson not coming back and Alontae Taylor likely gone, cornerback is definitely a position in which the Vols could use some help. Coming out of Woodward Academy High School in Georgia’s Fulton County, Harrison could fill that void pretty early.

Kamal Hadden and Brandon Turnage did show promise this year, and Warren Burrell has plenty of experience, but there could be a need at safety depending on what Trevon Flowers does, and three cornerback spots will have to be filled with Tim Banks relying heavily on nickel. Hadden may move back to safety, as a result, and Turnage could end up being the one playing nickel.

Simply put, the coaches may have an immediate need for Harrison, and given his pedigree, he likely already brings a solid level of experience to the position. That would be a huge boost for Josh Heupel. Here is a look at his highlight reel.

As you can see, Harrison is trusted to stay with guys one-on-one down the sidelines, but he can also close in on guys quickly. Although that likely won’t be on display as much in the SEC, high school talent is elite enough where he is that we can get an idea from what he’s doing.

During the Butch Jones years, the Vols had multiple sons of NFL and college legends in the secondary, including Todd Kelly Jr., son of former Vol Todd Kelly Sr., Nigel Warrior, son of former Vol Dale Carter, and Baylen Buchanan, son of NFL legend Ray Buchanan. Harrison is Tennessee football’s 16th commitment and could certainly add to that.