Highly-ranked LB target plans another visit to Tennessee

One of Tennessee’s top-ranked linebacker targets is planning to make another trip to Knoxville soon. Four-star linebacker in the 2023 class Grayson howard from Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Fla., announced in a post on his Twitter account Sunday night that he was due to go to Flights on Jan. 22 to attend their junior day.

Knoxville, Tennessee 01.22.22 #GBO, “he tweeted, accompanied by an orange emoji.

Howard, 6-3, 205 pounds, who is among the Top247 prospects in the 247Sports rankings, will make his second trip to Tennessee in less than six months. He first visited Flights on July 28 after receiving a scholarship offer from them in early June, and he said at the time that his first glimpse of the program exceeded his expectations.

“It was really cool,” Howard said after his summer visit to Tennessee. “Of course the facilities caught my eye, being one of the finest facilities in the country – especially the stadium, being a stadium (100,000 seats).

“I had high expectations because it’s a great SEC school, but it exceeded all expectations. It was really cool.

Howard, who has received offers from more than 20 schools, is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 185 overall prospect and the No. 15 linebacker in the 2023 class. He also ranked a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite generated by the ‘industry.

He said after his July visit to Tennessee that he was interested in the program because of “their passion for success and development”. He left his trip to Knoxville convinced that the Flights were on the right track under coach Josh Heupelstaff, saying at the time that he thought they were “going to do great things this season “and in”more seasons after. “

Tennessee Linebacker Coach Brian Jean-Marie and defensive graduate assistant Tyson kee spent the most time with Howard when he visited Knoxville in July.

“Coach BJ and I talked about the great experience he has behind his name and where they see me in defense,” Howard said at the time, adding that Tennessee was signing him as linebacker. projected interior. He said Flights liked his “length, speed and versatility” and envision him “being able to help the defense in a number of ways.”

Howard has attended several games in South Carolina this season. He has also attended games in Florida, Florida State and Texas A&M.

After his trip to Knoxville in late July, he said it probably wouldn’t be long before he returned to Tennessee. He said at the time that he was hoping to return for one of the Vols’ home games this season, adding that he was already “trying to plan it”. While that ultimately didn’t happen, he remained in contact with the Heupel staff and is now ready to take another look at The Flights.

“I will definitely visit them soon,” Howard said after his visit to Tennessee in July. “It’s a one-of-a-kind place. “

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