4-Star OLB Henry To'oto'o Commits to Tennessee over Alabama, Oregon, More

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2019

Credit: 247Sports

The University of Tennessee bolstered its defense in a big way Wednesday when it secured a commitment from 4-star linebacker Henry To'oto'o, according to ESPN.com's Tom VanHaaren

To'oto'o emerged as one of the nation's top recruits at California powerhouse De La Salle. According to 247Sports' composite rankingsTo'oto'o is the 44th-ranked player overall and No. 3 outside linebacker in the class of 2019. He's also the seventh-ranked recruit, regardless of position, in the state of California. 

Looking at the tape, it's hard not to see a future star in the making. 

The 6'2", 230-pound second-level force is relentless attacking downhill, and his closing speed is a nightmare for opposing ball-carriers to deal with. 

Plus, To'oto'o possesses stellar lateral agility that has entrenched him as a bonafide sideline-to-sideline playmaker. 

He's also a team player. 

While To'oto'o made a name for himself at linebacker, he played both sides of the ball as a junior when the coaching staff asked him to chip in at running back. 

"He's a special kid and a special talent," De La Salle head coach Justin Alumbaugh told the San Francisco Chronicle's Mitch Stephens. "He's a great kid and a pleasure to coach."

That ringing endorsement should have head coach Jeremy Pruitt giddy. 

Now primed for a breakout at Tennessee, To'oto'o will continue his positive developmental climb as he attempts to morph into a transformative presence for the Vols defense after spurning the likes of Alabama, Oregon, USC and Washington to try and help anchor one of the SEC's ascendant defenses. 

  

Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports.com 

Related

    Tennessee football: Ranking Vols position groups by spring practice play

    Tennessee Volunteers Football logo
    Tennessee Volunteers Football

    Tennessee football: Ranking Vols position groups by spring practice play

    All for Tennessee
    via All for Tennessee

    Early look at Vols' fall defensive depth chart projections

    Tennessee Volunteers Football logo
    Tennessee Volunteers Football

    Early look at Vols' fall defensive depth chart projections

    Dan Harralson
    via Vols Wire

    An Impossible Job: Inside the Day of a Line Judge

    College Football logo
    College Football

    An Impossible Job: Inside the Day of a Line Judge

    SI.com
    via SI.com

    Greg Sankey Affirms Support for 4-Team Playoff Format

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Greg Sankey Affirms Support for 4-Team Playoff Format

    Zach Barnett
    via CollegeFootballTalk