When ranking local prospects that Tennessee missed on, Randall Cobb has to be right up near the top of the list. While the Volunteers weren’t interested in Cobb as a quarterback, had the program recruited him sooner or harder, there’s a chance the local prospect would have stayed home and played for Tennessee.

While Tennessee missed out on Cobb, the Volunteers aren’t going to make the same mistake with his nephew, Tee Hodge. The 2020 local Maryville prospect recently picked up a scholarship offer from Tennessee. The Vols are the first Power 5 program to extend Hodge an offer, as Austin Peay and Chattanooga represent his other offers at the moment. Hodge landed the offer after camping with Tennessee over the weekend.

Hodge is a 6-foot-1, 197-pound running back for Maryville. He scored 12 touchdowns and rushed for 723 yards as a sophomore in 2017. He announced his scholarship offer with the following tweet:

Not long after that announcement, Randall Cobb issued his own commentary to the news. It sounds like Hodge could even convert the former Kentucky All-SEC and All-American performer to a Tennessee fan — at least somewhat of a fan.


You can view Hodge’s sophomore season highlights for Maryville below. He appears to have plenty of speed for a running back of his size.

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