Tennessee has been trying to make up a lot of ground in the Class of 2018 since coach Jeremy Pruitt got hired. The Vols hold 11 commitments heading into the early signing period which runs from Wednesday through Friday.
The Vols will take as many signatures as they can get this week. Nine of their commits are expected to sign during this early period.
Pruitt will be hoping a couple of more names get added to the list as uncommitted prospects make their decision. The coaching staff will be hoping for signatures from tackle Jerome Carvin, running back Jeremy Banks and quarterback JT Shrout.
Projected Tennessee signees in the early signing period
- Greg Emerson, 4-star DE, 6-foot-3, 275 pounds (Jackson, Tenn.)
- Alontae Taylor, 4-star WR, 6-foot, 184 pounds (Manchester, Tenn.)
- Brant Lawless, 4-star DT, 6-foot-3, 285 pounds (Nashville, Tenn.)
- Jerome Carvin, 4-star OT, 6-foot-4, 300 pounds (Cordova, Tenn.)
- Dominick Wood-Anderson, 4-star TE, 6-foot-5, 245 pounds (Yuma, Ariz.)
- Jeremy Banks, 3-star RB, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds (Cordova, Tenn.)
- JT Shrout, 3-star QB, 6-foot-3, 190-pounds (Newhall, Calif.)
- Kingston Harris, 3-star DT, 6-foot-4, 272 pounds (Orlando, Fla.)
- Jacob Warren, 3-star TE, 6-foot-6, 211 pounds (Knoxville, Tenn.)
- Tanner Antonutti, 3-star T, 6-foot-6, 260 pounds (Nashville, Tenn.)
- Ollie Lane, 3-star G, 6-foot-5, 285 pounds (Corryton, Tenn.)
- Paxton Brooks, 3-star P, 6-foot-6, 170 pounds (West Columbia, S.C.)
Tennessee recruiting updates, signee tracker for early signing period
• 5:34 p.m.: Tennessee received a somewhat surprising commitment from junior college tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson. Here is his commitment story.
• 3:27 p.m.: Defensive end Greg Emerson signs with Tennessee. He is a tremendous talent who could play early in his freshman year. Get to know Emerson here.
• 2:03 p.m.: 4-star defensive tackle Brant Lawless signs his National Letter of Intent for Tennessee. Get to know Lawless here.
• 12:17 a.m.: Tennessee receives a signature from local tight end product Jacob Warren. Get to know Warren here.
• 11:46 a.m.: Signature No. 7 comes for the Vols from defensive tackle Kingston Harris. He committed to Tennessee on Monday after taking an official visit to Knoxville over the weekend.
• 11:18 a.m.: Tennessee gets its quarterback commitment in JT Shrout. Pruitt is now 3-for-3 on uncommitted targets he was pushing for today. Here is a story about his commitment. Tennessee now up to 14 commits.
• 10:35 a.m.: Banks’ teammate Jerome Carvin chooses the Vols. He had it between Mississippi State and Tennessee. Pruitt pulls off another big commitment. Here is a story on the commitment. Tennessee now up to 13 commitments in the Class of 2018.
• 10:33 a.m.: Tennessee picks up a commitment from in-state running back Jeremy Banks. The Vols came in late on Vols. It’s a big pickup for Pruitt. Here is a story on the commitment.
• 1o:08 a.m.: Lifelong Tennessee fan Ollie Lane signs with the Vols. He will play guard next season. Learn more about Lane here.
• 8:47 a.m.: Punter Paxton Brooks sends in his papers to the Vols.
• 8:23 a.m.: Tennessee receives its first signature of the day. Offensive tackle Tanner Antonutti officially joins the Vols. Get to know Antonutti here.
Latest updates on Tennessee recruiting
- Tennessee’s 2018 recruiting class ranks No. 53 in the country and No. 12 in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
- The Vols hold 11 commitments. That breaks down to three 4-star recruits and eight 3-star prospects.
- DE Greg Emerson, 4 stars, Jackson, Tenn.
- DT Brant Lawless, 4 stars, Nashville, Tenn.
- WR Alontae Taylor, 4 stars, Manchester, Tenn.
- OT Jerome Carvin, 4 stars, Cordova, Tenn.
- RB Jeremy Banks, 3 stars, Cordova, Tenn.
- QB JT Shrout, 3 stars, Newhall, Calif.
- DT D’Andre Litaker, 3 stars, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- DT Kinston Harris, 3 stars, Bradenton, Fla.
- LB Matthew Flint, 3 stars, Gurley, Ala.
- RB Anthony Grant, 3 stars, Buford, Ga.
- TE Jacob Warren, 3 stars, Knoxville, Tenn.
- OG Ollie Lane, 3 stars, Corryton, Tenn.
- OT Tanner Antonutti, 3 stars, Nashville, Tenn.
- P Paxton Brooks, 3 stars, West Columbia, S.C.
Top uncommitted targets
- 4-star T Jerome Carvin, Cordova, Tenn.: Carvin will make a final decision on where he is signing on Wednesday. He came to Knoxville this past weekend, which is a huge win for the Vols. The final decision will be among Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi State and Auburn. The Vols and Bulldogs are the front-runners.
- 3-star RB Jeremy Banks, Cordova, Tenn.: A teammate of Carvin, Banks put up great numbers this season. He rushed for almost 2,000 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also took an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend. The Vols are coming in late but gaining momentum. Banks will announce his decision alongside Carvin on Wednesday.
- 3-star QB JT Shrout, Newhall, Calif.: Shrout took an official visit to Knoxville over the weekend. Tennessee is fairly confident it can get a commitment from Shrout because it pulled former commit Michael Penix’s offer. He will make his final decision Wednesday or Thursday between Tennessee and Cal, where he de-committed from Tuesday night.
- 4-star WR Jacob Copeland, Pensacola, Fla.: Copeland didn’t have much interest in the Vols before Pruitt got hired, but Tennessee is a top contender now. Copeland would provide instant depth at the wide receiver position. He won’t make his final decision until February.
- 4-star CB Olaijah Griffin, Mission Viejo, Calif.: Griffin is another prospect who didn’t have much interest in Tennessee before Pruitt. He is a UCLA commit who took all mentions of the Bruins off his Twitter bio following his official visit to Knoxville. The Vols are trending in the right direction for Griffin, who plans to sign in February.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 1 (Shrout)
- RB: 2 (Grant, Banks)
- TE: 1 (Warren)
- WR: 1 (Taylor)
- OL: 3 (Lane, Antonutti, Carvin)
- DL: 4 (Lawless, Litaker, Emerson, Harris)
- LB: 1 (Flint)
- P: 1 (Brooks)
Here’s a breakdown of Tennessee’s commits by state:
- Tennessee: 9 (Emerson, Litaker, Lawless, Antonutti, Lane, Warren, Taylor, Carvin, Banks)
- California: (Shrout)
- Georgia: 1 (Grant)
- Alabama: 1 (Flint)
- Florida: 1 (Harris)
- South Carolina: 1 (Brooks)