RB commitment parts ways with Vols


One of Tennessee’s Class of 2023 commitments is officially back on the market. Running back Will Stallings, a senior at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, Calif., announced in a post on his Twitter account that he has parted ways with the Vols.

“Like to say thanks to Tennessee and @CoachMack_Tenn for the opportunity to play football at University of Tennessee,” Stallings tweeted. “After a conversation with my family, and @CoachMack_Tenn I’ll be opening my recruiting process back up. I Will be (taking) visits to determine where I will attending.”

The 6-foot, 222-pound Stallings, who had been committed to Tennessee for almost five months, is ranked the No. 957 overall prospect and No. 64 running back in the 2023 class and the No. 81 senior from the state of California, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He’s also ranked by 247Sports as the No. 87 running back in the 2023 class.

Tennessee now is left with 21 commitments in its 2023 class. The Vols currently don’t have a projected running back in their class, although one of their highest-ranked commitments — four-star athlete Cameron Seldon of Heathsville, Va., a top-50 prospect in 247Sports’ rankings — has been recruited by Tennessee coach Josh Heupel‘s staff as a possible wide receiver who’s also capable of lining up in the backfield.

The Vols also have been heavily involved with Class of 2023 running back Khalifa Keith of Parker High School in Birmingham, Ala., who decommitted from Kentucky a little more than a week ago. Keith returned to Tennessee on Saturday for its home finale against Missouri, attending his third game at Neyland Stadium this season, after getting a scholarship offer from the Vols on Oct. 21.

Stallings received an offer from Tennessee on June 6, just five days after he participated in the Vols’ first camp of the year. He chose them over offers from more than a dozen other schools at the time.

Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Pittsburgh, UNLV, Nevada, San Diego State, Utah State, Western Kentucky, Army, Arkansas State, Charlotte and New Mexico State also extended offers to Stallings before he announced his commitment to Tennessee on June 21. He spent his junior season at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas before transferring back to the Bay Area going into his senior season to play at Clayton Valley.

But an ankle injury has sidelined him for the past several weeks. He played in just two games before suffering the injury, rushing for 163 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, and he hasn’t been back to Knoxville this season to attend one of the Vols’ home games.

Stallings also was recruited by some teams as a possible linebacker before catching Tennessee’s attention this spring and impressing the Vols at their camp on June 1. He was timed at 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash during the camp.

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