One of Tennessee’s Class of 2023 pledges is officially back on the market. Run back Will Stalingsa senior at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, California, announced in a post on his Twitter account that he has parted ways with the Vols.
“I would like to thank Tennessee and @CoachMack_Tenn for the opportunity to play football at the University of Tennessee,” Stallings tweeted. “After speaking with my family and @CoachMack_Tenn I will restart my recruitment process. I will make visits to determine where I will be present.”
The six-foot-tall, 222-pound Stallings, who was committed to Tennessee for nearly five months, is ranked No. 957 overall and No. 64 in the Class of 2023 and the No. 81 senior from the state of California, according to the state’s No. industry generated 247Sports Composite. He is also ranked by 247Sports as the No. 87 coming back in the class of 2023.
Tennessee now has 21 pledges in the class of 2023. The Vols currently have no expected runbacks in their class, although one of their highest ranked pledges – four-star athlete Cameron Seldon of Heathsville, Va., a top-50 prospect on 247Sports’ rankings — was recruited by the Tennessee coach Jos Heupel‘s staff as a possible wide receiver who is also capable of drafting in the backfield.
The Vols have also been heavily involved in running back Class of 2023 Khalifa Keith of Parker High School in Birmingham, Ala., who was discharged from Kentucky just over a week ago. Keith returned to Tennessee on Saturday for the home final against Missouri, attending his third game at Neyland Stadium this season after receiving a scholarship from the Vols on Oct. 21.
Stallings received an offer from Tennessee on June 6, just five days after participating 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 made offers to Stallings before announcing his commitment to Tennessee on June 21. spent his junior season at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas before returning to the Bay Area to enter his senior season to play at Clayton Valley.
But an ankle injury has sidelined him for the past few weeks. He played in just two games before getting injured, rushing for 163 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, and hasn’t been back to Knoxville to attend any of the Vols’ home games this season.
Stallings was also recruited as a possible linebacker by some teams before catching Tennessee’s attention this spring and impressing the Vols in their camp on June 1.