Good News: Just In Tennessee Volunteers Confirm The Signing Of Another Star

Title: “Challenges Ahead for Tennessee Football’s Transfer Player in 2024”

As the transfer portal closes, Tennessee football wraps up its 2024 class, securing a No. 22 national ranking and No. 10 in the SEC. With eight incoming commits, including four three-stars and four four-star players, the Volunteers are poised for the upcoming season. However, one player, former Notre Dame tight end Holden Staes, stands out as having the most to prove in 2024.

Staes, a former four-star prospect, joins Tennessee with high expectations, retaining his four-star status as the No. 29 overall player in the portal and No. 2 tight end, according to 247sports. Despite the excitement surrounding his arrival, Staes faces the challenge of proving himself, especially considering his limited playing time at Notre Dame.


During his sophomore season with the Fighting Irish, Staes accumulated 15 receptions for 176 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games. While these numbers indicate potential, Staes had to contend with stiff competition, including junior tight end Mitchell Evans, who boasted nearly double the stats. The question arises whether Staes can thrive in Tennessee’s offensive system, which historically has not heavily featured tight ends.

Under Coach Josh Heupel, the Volunteer’s offense has seen limited tight end utilization, raising questions about the fit for Staes. In the past three seasons, the tight end position at Tennessee has not surpassed the 300-yard mark. Staes, with pass-blocking and run-blocking grades of 37.7 and 44.3, respectively, and an overall grade of 61.1 (per PFF), presents both potential and uncertainty for Tennessee football fans.

While Staes’ arrival is met with enthusiasm, there’s a cautious note about the role and production of tight ends in the team’s offensive scheme, leaving fans eager yet tentative about what the upcoming season holds for their new acquisition.

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