The week has started off with some fireworks on the college football recruiting trail with Texas getting a huge crystal ball and Tennessee landing a blue chip.
Texas football has landed some big-time recruits over the past couple of years and the Longhorns now look to be the favorite to land No. 1 running back Jerrick Gibson in the 2024 college football recruiting class following a recent crystal ball projection.
Gibson plays at the IMG Academy in Florida and while he just laid out plans to visit Texas football this summer on an official visit, as well as visits to Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, Steve Wiltfong has put in a crystal ball for the Longhorns.
Wiltfong is the lead analyst for 247 sports and his crystal ball projections tend to carry quite a bit of weight. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder is compared to Sony Michel by 247 sports and is projected to be an NFL draft pick down the road.
The Longhorns landed No. 1 running back Cedric Baxter in the 2023 college football recruiting class and if things keep trending this way, they’ll make it two years in a row. Gibson is ranked 23rd overall in the 247 sports composite rankings for 2024.
Tennessee football lands 4-star wide receiver in 2024
The Vols have been on a roll on the recruiting trail since their 11-win season and that continued on Monday with the commitment of JJ Harrell, a four-star wideout in the 2024 class.
Harrell took a visit to Tennessee football last month and was poised to make an announcement at the end of January but delayed it following an offer from Alabama according to 247 sports.
Yet, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder ranks 32nd among wide receivers and 205th overall in the 2024 college football recruiting class.
Harrell has 26 total offers and was recently offered Texas A&M and Florida. Penn State was another team heavily in the mix as well as Nebraska. Tennessee football now has five commitments in 2023 and three of them are blue-chip prospects.
The Vols are also ranked ninth right now in the 2024 college football recruiting rankings via the 247 sports composite.