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One of the top recruits in the state of Tennessee couldn’t wait to make his college decision. Greg Emerson planned to wait a few more months to make announce where he would attend college, but he made the decision public Monday night.
In an interview on the NFL Network at Nike’s The Opening in Oregon, Emerson announced his intentions to head to Knoxville to play at Tennessee.
“I said I was going to do it in December, but I guess I can go ahead and let everybody know,” Emerson said in the televised interview. “For the next four years, I will probably be attending and furthering my education at the University of Knoxville.”
The chyron during his interviews states Emerson’s position as a defensive tackle, but the 6-foot-3, 260-pound prospect took to Twitter explaining he actually plays defensive end.
Sorry just had to make this clear again because I'm tired of seeing this I'm NOT DT im a DE Thank you☺️
— Greg Emerson/G.mamba (@sneakerhad_greg) July 4, 2017
Emerson’s announced his decision a day after his left leg buckled underneath him during 1-on-1 drills, which was a scary moment for Emerson and everyone at the camp.
Emerson took to Twitter to let everyone know he would be back running in 4-6 weeks and be ready for the football season.
Thanks for all the prayers and concerns but I am fine I will be back and running w/ in 4-6 weeks
— Greg Emerson/G.mamba (@sneakerhad_greg) July 3, 2017
What Emerson’s commitment means for the Vols
Emerson rates as a 4-star defensive end and ranks as the No. 2 player in the state of Tennessee, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, behind only fellow Tennessee commit Cade Mays.
Emerson joins an already a stout defensive line haul for Tennessee in the Class of 2018. He joins Brant Lawless, D’Andre Litaker and Jamarcus Chatman as defensive line commits to the Vols.
Lawless and Litaker come from the Volunteer State, as well.
GBO🍊 no place like home!! Go vols pic.twitter.com/hAtizEY5zq
— brant lawless (@brant_lawless) June 17, 2017
The Vols’ defensive line core looks to be in good shape going forward. Lawless and Litaker both rate as 4-star recruits.
Nabbing the top three defensive line prospects in the state had been an obvious goal for Tennessee coach Butch Jones and his coaching staff this cycle. They did exactly that. All three attended Orange Carpet Day — Litaker and Lawless had already committed — and Jones’ design of the day for a more relaxed feel paid off.
Jones looks to be winning the state of Tennessee after being beaten for a few top prospects in the Class of 2017 cycle. Tennessee currently holds commitments from six of the top nine players from the state. Offensive lineman Jerome Carvin ranks No. 10 in the class and he has listed the Vols in his top 10.
Emerson’s decision validates another one of Jones’ decisions in hiring defensive line coach Brady Hoke. Hoke’s work has a lot to do with the influx of talented commitments on the defensive line.
Tennesse could still add to the defensive line class, as well. JUCO defensive end Dorian Gerald listed Tennessee as a finalist and plans to make his decision soon.
Tennessee’s Class of 2018 now holds 16 commitments and ranks No. 4 in the country. The stability of the coaching staff has been helping the recruiting process since many on the staff have been cultivating relationships with this class for years.
The payoff has been a high number of top commitments. Seven of the Vols’ commitments ranks as a 4-star or higher.
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