Ty Simpson is gone from Volquest and Jadyn Davis has opted to play for Tennessee instead. While Ty Simpson’s departure is disappointing for Volquest, Jackson Ross’ commitment to the Volunteer State isn’t entirely bad. Here are three reasons why he’s leaving. Hopefully, his departure will not affect Volquest’s chances of winning the National Championship. We’ll discuss them in this article. But first, let’s look at his time at Southern California.
Ty Simpson’s departure from Volquest
With the recent departure of Tennessee quarterback Ty Simpson, the entire recruiting landscape has been shaken up. The 6-2, 205-pound quarterback was once considered the favorite for the Vols. The team recruited him since eighth grade, and he built a close relationship with former Tennessee QB coach Chris Weinke and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. As a result, Tennessee’s 2022 recruiting class is perhaps the most talented group in Tennessee history, and Simpson is the crown jewel of that class. The Tennessee football team has already notified Simpson of their interest.
While Ty was a five-star recruit, he committed to Tennessee after his sophomore season. He led Volquest with 76 tackles and ten tackles for loss. Clearly, his departure will hurt the Vols more than Pruitt’s firing. Still, the Volquest family is not giving up hope. While his departure may be disappointing, Tennessee will continue to recruit him and offer him the transfer portal.
All around talent
The newest addition to the Volquest roster is a quarterback who holds offers from 14 SEC schools. He’s an all-around talent who’s made it in the high school ranks. He’s the number two dual-threat quarterback and holds offers from all 14 of the SEC’s Division I programs. A fearless field general, Simpson is a perfect fit for Volquest and has been a leader in the program for a decade.
Jadyn Davis’ commitment to Tennessee
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Davis has made at least three visits to the campus of Tennessee, with her most recent trip in July. She attended a Vols camp while the former coach was still in charge, and recently visited the campus again after receiving an offer from Heupel and his staff. She will also visit Penn State and Ohio State on Sunday and Thursday. Tennessee has plenty of room to improve in the 2023 class, and Davis is eager to prove herself.
The No. 1 prospect in the 2024 class according to 247Sports has a commitment to Tennessee. The five-star quarterback from Charlotte has committed to the Volunteers. The commitment to Tennessee is Davis’ third in eight months, after visits to Georgia. He has also tweeted UT’s coaches, including Nick Saban and John Calipari. Although he will make his final decision on Friday, he knows there is still much work to do.
While Tennessee is a contender for Davis, it’s not a front-runner in the quarterback recruiting process. North Carolina and Clemson remain the favorites for Davis. The Tennessee Vols have already landed the 2023 five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava. Heupel will have to consider this in addition to a few other quarterbacks in the class of 2024. But if Tennessee volleyball is able to land the top quarterback in the class, the Vols will be well-positioned for the 2024 season.
Jackson Ross’ commitment to Tennessee
The next wave of freshmen and transfers are en route to campus for the first summer session. The early enrollees include 12 freshmen, junior college transfer cornerback Desmond Williams and Florida offensive lineman Gerald Mincey. The first group of newcomers also includes a punter in Jackson Ross. Ross committed to Tennessee over the weekend. He will join Paxton Brooks, who is entering his final year. Tennessee also brought in walk-on Colby Morgan during the offseason. With three punters on the roster, Tennessee will be very deep on that position heading into the fall.
Recruiting Jackson Ross is an exciting step in Tennessee’s recruiting process. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound punter is an aspiring collegiate kicker and came to Tennessee through the Prokick Australia program. Prokick has produced several collegiate punters and six of the last nine Ray Guy Award winners. The Australian-born punter announced his commitment via Twitter. The commitment will create depth in the specialist room for 2022.
Despite the high demand for punters, the Vols won’t have a surplus of punters in 2022. Despite the high talent level of the Tennessee football team, they will have to replace a high volume of production after a year in the NCAA Division I. Fortunately, Ross’ commitment to Tennessee will help the Vols avoid another long wait for the draft. When the Tennessee Vols do return to the field for the 2022 season, it will be a top-level team.