California Athlete Sets Tennessee Visit



by NOUMAN RASOOL

California Athlete Sets Tennessee Visit

LaMason Waller, a highly-ranked athlete from California, has set his sights on Tennessee and plans to visit the Vols later this month. The talented four-star athlete from Sultana High School in Hesperia, Calif., took to Twitter this week to announce his scheduled trip to Knoxville on July 29.

Waller's visit will coincide with Tennessee's summer-ending recruiting event, allowing him to experience the program firsthand. Standing at an impressive 6-foot-2 and weighing 170 pounds, Waller has attracted attention from over 40 schools nationwide.

Tennessee extended an offer to him on March 29, thanks to the efforts of head coach Josh Heupel and his staff. To express his intentions, Waller tagged several Vols' coaching staff members, including offensive graduate assistant Kody Cook, wide receivers coach Kelsey Pope, recruiting analyst Aaron Amaama, and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Joey Halzle.

In the 2025 class, Waller holds a prominent position as the No. 215 overall prospect and No. 13 athlete, according to 247Sports. Additionally, he ranks as the No. 24 rising junior among California recruits. The industry-generated 247Sports Composite also recognizes Waller's talent, awarding him a four-star rating and positioning him as the No.

250 overall player, No. 16 athlete, and No. 25 rising junior in California.

Recruitment Battle Intensifies

While Waller's future college destination remains uncertain, the 247Sports Crystal Ball predicts that Michigan has the edge in landing him.

Following a "dream offer" from the Wolverines in February, Waller visited their campus in March and expressed his admiration for the program. However, his upcoming visit to Tennessee suggests that the Vols are still in the running for his commitment.

Waller's recruiting journey has had its twists and turns. Initially committing to Washington in May 2022, he reopened his recruitment in October of the same year. Waller cited a desire to explore his options fully and enjoy the recruiting process without the constraints of a previous commitment.

Greg Biggins, a national recruiting analyst at 247Sports, describes Waller as a versatile player capable of excelling on offense and defense, though his prowess as a receiver sets him apart. Biggins highlights Waller's ability to make plays down the field, his explosiveness after the catch, and his potential to become a game-changing receiver at the collegiate level.

As Waller embarks on his Tennessee visit, college football enthusiasts eagerly await his decision. The Vols' coaching staff will undoubtedly showcase their program's strengths, hoping to secure a commitment from this highly sought-after prospect.