“They called my coaches last week and I was able to then be a part of the conversation,” the Hilton Head, S.C. native said. “It went well, and they offered me. It was coach [Shelton] Felton who called. “He said he’s been watching my film and likes the way I play. He said I was very explosive off the line and discussed how I could be used in their defense.” Sneed stands in at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. The rising junior plays outside linebacker in a 4-3 system but noted Tennessee views him as more of an edge presence in its 3-4 based scheme.
“Coach Felton said he likes my versatility and that I have good potential. I just need to gain some more weight to where I could maybe play both, but I’d still be able to go out in coverage off the edge. I think it would be a fun position to play in that defense.”The 2022 Vols target has 16 offers as of now and is surprised by the early interest. “The first wave of offers came around March and then they picked up again here lately in the past week or so,” Sneed said. “It’s been constant social media chat and calls to my coaches first. I’m very excited to be in contact with some of these big schools.”
When asked what he knows about the Tennessee football program, Sneed was quick with his response. “The Orange and White, man. It’s iconic in the SEC and college football,” Sneed told Volquest. “I grew up watching a lot of Alabama football, so I saw Tennessee a lot on T.V. “Jeremy Pruitt also comes to mind when I think of Tennessee football – obviously being the head coach. I like how he runs his defense and is always hyped on the sidelines. He really cares for his players from what I see.” Sneed plans to make his commitment known at the beginning of his senior campaign.
He said the Vols made a good impression on him, and he’s now interested in making the trip again after the ongoing dead period for recruiting.
“It was great — very big campus,” said Sneed, who’s ranked the No. 79 overall prospect and No. 5 outside linebacker in the 2022 class and the No. 2 junior from South Carolina, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. “I got to look around the athletic stuff, outside of it.
“I expected everything I saw, but seeing the indoor (facility) from the outside was definitely amazing. I can’t wait to get in it and see it from the inside.”
“I’ve been talking to Coach Banks, Coach BJ, Coach Ekeler a little bit, and I talked to Coach Heup the other weekend,” Sneed said. “They tell me how they just need an expert pass rusher to get them over the hump.”
Jaylen Sneed is one that is projected for Notre Dame but the question is how quick does he want to commit? Tennessee has quietly emerged as a sleeper based off people we have spoke to but probably needs more time.