Tennessee is set to host a pair of official visitors this weekend, with Cox making his first trip back to Rocky Top since the summer. The Vols will also host 4-star linebacker Henry To’oto’o. To’oto’o’s official will begin early on Friday as he and his family left on the red eye Thursday night to head east.
To’oto’o is scheduled for a busy next month, with multiple OVs and another All-Star Game trip. He missed the All-American Bowl with a broken foot but he’s still scheduled to attend the Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii next weekend.
To’oto’o has developed nice relationships with Brian Niedermeyer and De La Salle alum Kevin Simon, but his visit will be a big opportunity for him to get to know Jeremy Pruitt and the rest of Tennessee’s staff better. Pruitt's vision for the program and how he plans to use To'oto'o are two important questions for the linebacker.
While Washington and Oregon continue linger in the weeds for To’oto’o, it remains a Tennessee-Alabama battle heading into the home stretch of the 2019 cycle. To’oto’o is quite close with Alabama DC Tosh Lupoi, a former De La Salle alum. But with the uncertainty surrounding Lupio’s status with the Tide, Tennessee is right there for the Top 100 prospect. To'oto'o won't just fall in Tennessees lap, though. There have been questions about spots and numbers with Alabama, but sources say that To’oto’o is guaranteed a spot with the Tide and they also could get the final visit (Jan. 25).