Tennessee may have just found their eventual replacement for junior kicker Aaron Medley out in Arizona, as the Vols extended high school senior Brandon Ruiz his first SEC scholarship offer Friday night.


The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Ruiz is currently on the radar for several Pac-12 schools but has yet to receive a significant amount of national offers heading into his final year of high school. One look at this video and that’s likely to change.

Check out Ruiz convert this 76-yard field goal without the use of a tee on the practice field:

While the Vols junior kicker Medley will likely be around for another two seasons, Tennessee is wise to look down the road and offer a scholarship to a special teams talent like Ruiz. Under head coach Butch Jones, the Vols have consistently improved each year in special teams and look to have one of the nation’s best units for the second consecutive season in 2016.

If Ruiz ultimately signs with Tennessee, look for that trend to only continue on Rocky Top for the foreseeable future.

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