There’s news aplenty among Tennessee’s top prospects at the Under Armour All-America Game, which showcases some of the top high school football talent in the nation.
Players descended on the Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., on Monday. Reporters were ready. Here are some of the key news nuggets involving Tennessee.
1. Landon Dickerson, 4-star OL, Hudson, N.C.
Dickerson told Ryan Callahan of 247Sports that Tennessee and Florida State would be the two teams definitely in his final top grouping. That was confirmation of what Dickerson said earlier when he told Woody Wommack of Rivals that Tennessee would likely get his final official visit over Georgia.
It’s been a rollercoaster recruitment for Dickerson as it pertains to the Vols. Dickerson showed strong interest last fall with multiple unofficial visits. Then, he showed strong interest in Auburn. Florida made a push in December before Internet chatter pointed toward Florida State as his leader.
All the twists and turns shouldn’t make recruiting fans think Dickerson is indecisive. Quite the opposite. He’s said all along that he’d take his time and let the process play out. And that’s exactly what he’s doing. If Tennessee eventually wins Dickerson’s services, credit proximity, Tennessee’s engineering program and recent on-field improvements as major reasons why.
2. Jarrett Guarantano, 4-star QB, Oradell, N.J.
Some prospects think it’s uncool to recruit other players at All-Star events. That’s not Guarantano’s stance. He held up an impromptu “Landon Dickerson” sign during a heavily publicized picture taken shortly after arriving at the event. The pic went viral. Guarantano became even more a Tennessee fan favorite than he was before.
Time will tell if Guarantano can actually sway Dickerson toward the Vols. However, that doesn’t really matter. Guarantano has already proven he’s willing to recruit for Tennessee this week. That’s exactly what any school would want a highly rated quarterback commitment to do — lead.
3. Cavin Ridley, 4-star WR, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Ridley’s sudden exclusion of Tennessee as a finalist was a bit startling. The Vols were thought to be hanging tough with Alabama and South Carolina, which Ridley named as his only two finalists this week. Fortunately for the Vols, they have other receiver options.