As one of the top junior-college prospects in the 2018 class, Dominick Wood-Anderson was widely expected to make an immediate impact on Tennessee’s offense even before he joined the Vols in May.

Less than a week into preseason practice, it’s still too early to tell what Tennessee’s junior tight end might add to the Vols’ offense and what his role this year might be.

But first-year Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt seems to like what he has seen from Wood-Anderson to this point.

“Dom’s a big man who has some ability,” Pruitt said Sunday.

Before joining his players for the Vols’ team picture, Pruitt pointed out Sunday that the 6-foot-4, 257-pound Wood-Anderson “didn’t participate in the spring.” And Wood-Anderson still is going through his first week of official practices at Tennessee, with the Vols scheduled to practice in full pads for the first time Wednesday afternoon.

Early glimpses of Tennessee’s first four practices, though, haven’t done much to slow down the hype that followed him out of Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz.

Wood-Anderson worked with the Vols’ first-team offense during the team’s open practice Sunday at Neyland Stadium, and he has shown plenty of the athleticism and ball skills that made him the nation’s No. 2 junior-college tight end in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite for the 2018 class.

But, like most junior-college prospects, he still will face a bit of an adjustment as he transitions to playing in the SEC.

“Really, it’s a different offense, probably, than what he played in, in junior college,” Pruitt said of Wood-Anderson, “so just the retention, learning how we’re going to compete every day and all that.”

Wood-Anderson is one of five junior-college additions who, along with three graduate transfers, is likely to give Tennessee’s season-opening depth chart a noticeably different look. And he’s one of the Vols’ newcomers with the clearest path to early playing time, with Tennessee looking to replace longtime starting tight end Ethan Wolf.

Pruitt also has made it clear that he wants to improve the Vols’ size and run-blocking ability at the position, and Wood-Anderson already is bigger than most of Tennessee's returning tight ends.

After going through spring practice earlier this year, Tennessee offensive coordinator Tyson Helton said the Vols went into preseason practice with “a little better feel of, ‘Hey, these are the guys. This is where they fit.’”

But Wood-Anderson is one of the newcomers who might cause Tennessee to adjust its plans.

“We’ve had several players come in after spring, so we’ve got to be able to plug those guys in, see what they can do,” Helton said last week, before the Vols’ first practice. "So we're still working that out, but we feel pretty good about where we're going with it.”