Tennessee commitment Hudson Wolfe announced Tuesday afternoon that his senior season has come to an end before it even started. After sitting out his team’s first three games with a back injury, the four-star Class of 2021 tight end from Hardin County High School in Savannah, Tenn., posted on his Twitter account that he was undergoing surgery to repair his back.
“This is not how I wanted to end my high school career,” he tweeted. “I hate not being on the field with my team.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Wolfe wrote in a note accompanying his tweet that he was “having a microdiscectomy,” a minimally invasive surgical procedure to address a herniated lumbar disc.
Wolfe, who has been committed to Tennessee since June 15, also wrote in his note that he “will be back in no time,” and he expects to be “READY in January” when he joins the Vols as an early enrollee. He chose Tennessee over Ohio State and Ole Miss — along with Alabama, Georgia and scholarship offers from at least 20 other schools — less than three months ago after being one of the Vols’ top in-state targets for months.
“I’m working with a great team of doctors, and they have advised me that surgery is my only option to be back to 100%,” he wrote in his note. “I will be back in no time! When I wake up from surgery, my FOCUS and #1 PRIORITY is to have the mentality of a professional as I rehab. I’m more COMMITTED and more DETERMINED than ever to do what I need to do to accomplish my GOALS!
“#1 Contribute to the success of UT football.
He’s one of at least two projected tight ends in Tennessee’s 2021 recruiting class, along with four-star Miles Campbell of South Paulding High School in Douglasville, Ga. Athlete Trinity Bell of Albertville (Ala.) High School also plays tight end and could get his first look there with the Vols, although his 6-foot-7, 260-pound frame could allow him to play any of a few different positions in college.
Wolfe is ranked the No. 206 overall prospect and No. 7 tight end in the 2021 class and the No. 5 senior from the state of Tennessee, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
As a junior, he caught 27 passes for 471 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping Hardin County reach Tennessee’s Class 4A state quarterfinals.
He added a few bullet points at the end of his note Tuesday afternoon, each listed alongside an orange circle emoji.
“I’ll be on campus and READY in January!!!” he wrote.