Josh Heupel has gained the commitment of yet another recruit in his class of 2022 as he continues to rebuild the Tennessee roster in the style that he wants to play football. The latest player to jump aboard the Vols rebuild is 3-star wide receiver Chas Nimrod out of Bentonville (Bentonville, AR) High School.
By Steve Wright
Nimrod – who stands at a matchup problem creating 6-foot-2.5 and 181 pounds – committed to Tennessee just five days after his first visit to the school. He turned down other finalists for his recruitment including Kansas State, Utah State, Washington State, and Illinois.
The 247Sports Composite Rankings has Nimrod rated as the No. 547 player in the class of 2022, the No. 70 ranked wide receiver, and the No. 6 player in Arkansas. A two-sport athlete – Nimrod is also on the Bentonville High track and field squad – he is just the type of player that Heupel will look to use in isolation sets against smaller defensive backs in the Vols offensive system.
As you can see from the video below, Nimrod has plenty of size and plenty of athleticism that will make him quickly valuable as a pass-catcher in Knoxville. His size will also make him a dynamic downfield blocker, something that cannot be overlooked in the offensive scheme the Vols are going to be running going forward. When Nimrod has his stride going – a stride he accelerates too quickly for a player of his height – he has a gliding running style that seems to fool defenders into misjudging his speed and taking bad angles.
The first play of the video below shows that he is a credible threat on special teams. Later plays showcase both his ability to get behind a defense and also his impressive ball skills when contesting a catch against a defender.