Tennessee took a big step forward in Year 1 under Josh Heupel in 2021, going 7-6 during his debut season on Rocky Top.

That turnaround has led to some success on the recruiting trails, and that success continued on Tuesday afternoon.

During a commitment ceremony on Instagram Live, 4-star S Sylvester Smith out of Munford, Alabama, faked putting on a Florida hat before committing to Tennessee instead:


Per the 247Sports composite rankings, Smith is the No. 11 safety in the class of 2023 and the No. 13 overall recruit from the state of Alabama.

The Vols now have 9 players in their 2023 recruiting class, which currently ranks No. 7 in the nation and No. 3 in the SEC, per 247Sports.

Here are some of Smith’s high school highlights, courtesy of Hudl:

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