Tennessee’s official visit list this weekend can stack up with any in the country. Clearly, the Vols back-loaded many of their most important visitors in hopes of securing them just before National Signing Day on Feb. 3.
The Vols will also astutely welcome some previously committed prospects in hopes that they can help recruited the undecided visitors. Here’s what you need to know about the prospects that will be on campus.
LB Daniel Bituli – Nashville (Tenn.) Christian High School
Bituli is probably the most overlooked prospect in Tennessee’s class because he committed early. Some forget that he was highly coveted by several schools before announcing his decision in July. Other schools, like Florida and Auburn, came calling but the four-star prospect didn’t waver.
LB Ja’Quain Blakely – Colquitt County High School (Moultrie, Ga.)
Blakely committed to the Vols over several other scholarship offers, including Florida. The Gators tried to make a strong push but to no avail. The three-star linebacker is another highly sought after prospect that has largely been forgotten by Tennessee fans because he committed in August.
TE Devante Brooks – St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.)
Brooks committed to Tennessee in January. Since, he tore his ACL for the second time. Yet the Vols stayed with him. The three-star tight end is either really good or the Vols are really loyal – possibly both.
DT Derrick Brown – Lanier High School (Sugar Hill, Ga.)
Brown has said his top teams are Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee. However, there has been plenty of chatter that the Tigers and Vols have risen to the top. There is no question Brown is the most coveted prospect remaining on Tennessee’s board. The Vols have this weekend to convince him that Knoxville, Tenn., is the place for him.
CB Tyler Byrd – Naples (Fla.) High School
Byrd told SEC Country that he is still firmly committed to Miami but is interested enough in Tennessee to take an official visit to see the Vols. If Tennessee can land the four-star prospect, the Vols will need to thank running back commitment Carlin Fils-Aime, who Byrd is very close to.
OL Landon Dickerson – South Caldwell High School (Hudson, N.C.)
Dickerson is one of the top remaining, undecided prospects that the Vols are trying to land. Florida State seemed like the early leader, but the Vols seem to have pulled within striking distance. Of all the top rated, undecided prospects the Vols are after, Dickerson may be the most likely to end up with the Vols.
RB Carlin Fils-Aime – Naples (Fla.) High School
The Vols will soon need a tailback to fill in for redshirt sophomore Alvin Kamara and junior Jalen Hurd. Their NFL futures seem sooner rather than later. Fils-Aime would fit the bill. He tore up the competition in Southwest Florida.
QB Jarrett Guarantano – Bergen Catholic High School (Oradell, N.J.)
Guarantano is the gem of the 2016 class. Of course, he’s highly rated and plays the most important position on the field. However, he’s also been a strong recruiter for the Vols and showed some toughness when he returned to the field for his team’s semifinal game after a foot injury was expected to keep him out for the season.
WR Corey Henderson – Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.)
The Vols set out to land a handful of receivers. Henderson could help fill the void. Henderson committed in March, which means he’s been slightly overlooked as the Vols have come down the stretch.
RB Zack Moss – Hallandale High School (Hialeah, Fla.)
Moss has been committed to Miami and Utah so he’s obviously not opposed to change. His interest in Tennessee interest is hard to gauge. Moss could fade away or join the Vols in the coming days.
TE Austin Pope – Christian (Knoxville, Tenn.) Academy
Ask local high school coaches about Pope and they’ll rave. The Vols nabbed a special prospect out of their backyard when he committed in June. Pope would have been much more highly recruited had he not been caring for his father, who fought cancer before passing away last year.
S Nigel Warrior – Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.)
Even the most casual fan knows Warrior since he’s the son of former Tennessee standout safety Dale Carter. Warrior ranks right up there with the Vols most sought after prospects, especially since they need help at safety.