Tennessee took full advantage of a raucous home crowd at Neyland Stadium on Saturday and ended an 11-game losing streak to SEC East rival Florida.
Many top recruits were on hand to witness the incredible 38-28 come-from-behind victory. Trey Smith, the No. 1 player in the ESPN 300, and five-star athlete DeAngelo Gibbs, headlined the list of visitors.
“The atmosphere was electrifying, I couldn't hear myself think,” said Gibbs, the No. 10 player in the ESPN 300.
Many consider Georgia and Tennessee to be the top contenders for Gibbs.
The 36th-ranked player in the ESPN 300, LaBryan Ray was also in attendance and much like Gibbs, the four-star prospect was also impressed with what he witnessed in Knoxville.
“Tennessee fought back the second half by making plays and executing on both sides of the ball,” Ray said. “The atmosphere of the place was great also.”
Defensive end and Forsyth, Georgia, native Malik Herring, is considered a heavy Georgia lean, but Tennessee made a big impression on the 83rd-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300.
When asked about the visit, Herring responded with a simple, “Ole Rocky Top could be the place for me.”
ESPN 300 cornerback Lamont Wade posted a video before the game of Tennessee fans chanting “We want Wade.”
Two of the top 2019 prospects in the country Owen Pappoe and Kenyatta Watson were also in attendance.
While this win may not produce a bevy of new commitments for the Volunteers, it's a big step in the right direction for Tennessee recruiting. Getting over the Florida hurdle on national television with several top targets in attendance will almost certainly bolster recruiting in the future.