Despite losing to the Georgia Bulldogs last Saturday in convincing fashion, Tennessee football is still recruiting the area pretty heavily. The Vols are now trending for one of the top prospects from within the state in the 2024 recruiting class.
Defensive end Eddrick Houston, a four-star across the board, has the Vols in his top 10. Coming out of Buford High School in Gwinnett County, Ga., just outside of Atlanta, the edge rusher stands between 6’3″ and 6’4″ and weighs in the range of 215 to 260 pounds.
Joining Tennessee football on Houston’s list are the Dawgs, the Clemson Tigers, the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the LSU Tigers, the Texas Longhorns, the Oregon Ducks, the Oklahoma Sooners and the Michigan State Spartans. He announced the schools Tuesday morning on Twitter.
After what happened last week at UGA, edge rusher is clearly where the Vols could use some help for the future, as nobody stood out for them in that huge matchup. Josh Heupel and Tim Banks are right to target more depth and talent, and Georgia is a hotbed for producing such players.
As far as landing Houston, well, that will be tough. There are no favorites yet on the Rivals Future Cast and no 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, but Georgia is a majority favorite on the Rivals Fan Future Cast, which can be a tell this early in.
On3 also has Georgia as a favorite, albeit by a plurality. Behind them are Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State, all of whom are in the double-digit percentage points. Fighting of schools with that level of prestige is going to be difficult for the Vols.
However, being in the running for such a player among so many other elite schools is just further indicative of how much of a step forward Tennessee football has taken under Heupel. They really may have a legitimate shot to land Houston, and making this cut says something.