Tennessee Vols ‘100% in the mix’ with five star offensive line recruit as he nears his commitment

The Tennessee Vols, led by coach Josh Heupel, are experiencing success on the recruiting front this offseason. They’ve secured commitments from highly-rated prospects like Georgie MacIntyre and are in contention for more, including five-star offensive lineman Josh Petty. Petty’s recent visit to Tennessee went exceptionally well, with him praising the coaching staff, program, and hospitality. Despite considering other schools like Ohio State and Florida State, Petty acknowledges Tennessee as a serious contender for his commitment. As the Vols’ recruiting class gains momentum, they’re becoming a more attractive destination for top talent, signaling potential success on the field in the future. Petty plans to announce his commitment in August after visiting other schools and discussing with his family.

Josh Petty’s official visit with the Vols

When Petty met with Volquest near the end of his visit he had nothing but glowing things to say about Tennessee and their chances in landing him.

The coaching staff apparently absolutely killed it throughout the visit, in meetings, in the hospitality, in every way. Petty shared that with some schools, he left feeling like he had many questions. Not so with the Vols. More on this from Petty:

Petty has been a long-time fan of the Vols ever since he was a kid, Tennessee always had an “in” with him, but the relationships with all the coaching staff continues to stand out as something that is a definite win any time Petty is interviewed:

When he was asked about the idea of playing with (five star offensive tackle) David Sanders and (five star quarterback) George MacIntyre he was clearly very excited. David Sanders isn’t a lock for the Vols, but MacIntyre has been committed for several months now.

As Tennessee’s class continues to attract more and more talent for 2025 recruits are beginning to see the potential with the Vols as a true contender in college football. And if Coach Heupel continues to win on the relational side with highly intelligent recruits like Josh Petty then fans can likely expect more and more wins on the recruiting trail.

Near the end of Petty’s interview on his visit he was asked about where Tennessee stood in the pecking order (since many assumed Florida State was his favorite). This is what he had to say

Petty will apparently be targeting August for his official commitment announcement, which makes sense. He still has to visit Ohio State and Florida State in the coming weeks. Then he said he’ll discuss things with his parents and consider all options before locking things in ahead of the fall. From the sound of it, the visit was incredible, the relationships are continuing to flourish, and Tennessee just took perhaps the most critical step towards sealing the deal with Josh Petty.

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