After taking a hit on the defensive line with so many departures from this past year and missing out on some key recruits in the 2022 recruiting class, it’s crucial for Tennessee football to beef up that unit next year. Josh Heupel has the Vols working to do just that with one player from Georgia.
Stephiylan Green, a four-star across all services except 247Sports, where he is a three-star, has Rocky Top in his top six. Coming out of Rome High School in Floyd County, Ga., Green stands at 6’4″ and weighs in the range of 265 to 275 pounds.
Joining Tennessee football on Green’s list are the Georgia Bulldogs, Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes and Ole Miss Rebels. He announced the schools Saturday afternoon with a pick on Twitter.
— Stephiylan Green (@stephiylan) April 30, 2022
Despite his smaller frame, Green is listed as a defensive tackle on both Rivals and ESPN. On3 and 247Sports have him as a generic defensive lineman. Hybrid defensive tackles like Green are a huge part of the system Tim Banks runs.
Losing Caleb Tremblay and Ja’Quain Blakely from this past year’s team leaves that spot pretty open for this year, and regardless of who emerges, there will still be room to add talent and depth next year. As a result, a guy like Green would be a huge addition.
Although UT is becoming known for its offense under Heupel, the Vols have recently added some notable defensive players for their 2023 class. Having a defensive line coach like Rodney Garner should be able to still help them recruit defensive linemen at a high level as well.
Currently, there are no favorites to land Green on the Rivals Future Cast or the 247Sports Crystal Ball. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are the Rivals Fan Future Cast plurality favorite, but they didn’t make the cut.
Meanwhile, On3 has the Dawgs as the plurality favorite with Alabama No. 2. However, it has Tennessee football at No. 3, a huge accomplishment given who the Vols are competing with. As a result they’re still in play for him, so they need to keep pushing.