Tennessee football: Five Auburn signees Vols should target amid Bryan Harsin saga

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KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 29: A general view of Neyland Stadium during the South Carolina Gamecocks game against the Tennessee Volunteers on October 29, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Two days ago, Jim Harbaugh was on the verge of leaving the Michigan Wolverines for the Minnesota Vikings. At the time, we posted this article about signees to UM’s 2022 class Tennessee football should target. Harbaugh ended up staying in Ann Arbor, Mich., but now the Vols have another opportunity.

Bryan Harsin is in hot water with the Auburn Tigers. Rumors of an extramarital affair with his assistant, both coordinators leaving and Defensive lineman Lee Hunter, who transferred from Auburn to the UCF Knights, criticizing Harsin on his Instagram account have caused a stir.

Although he said in an interview with ESPN that he’s not going anywhere, there’s still plenty of drama. It doesn’t help that Harsin started last year 6-2 and then lost his last five his first year on the job. Well, Josh Heupel, who was a fellow first-year head coach, should cash in. These are five 2022 Auburn signees Tennessee football should target.

5. Damari Alston

Running back; Atlanta, Ga.

No, the Vols don’t need another running back given the commitments of Justin Williams and Dylan Sampson along with the return of Jabari Small, Jaylen Wright and Len’neth Whitehead. However, Damari Alston is still a unique talent as an all-purpose back. He committed to Auburn back in July, before it was clear what Heupel was building on Rocky Top.

Alston was high school teammates with current UT 2022 defensive back commitment Christian Harrison. Both attend Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga., despite both being from Atlanta. Going to the same Fulton County school in Georgia should give UT a chance at him.

Standing between 5’10” and 5’11” while weighing between 195 and 205 pounds, Alston is a three-star on On3, 247Sports and ESPN but a four-star on Rivals. He’s also a four-star on the 247Sports Composite and On3 Consensus. As a result, he’d be a great flip for Tennessee football, and the Vols would have a chance with Harrison already committed.

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