The rich continue to get richer.
Tennessee’s defensive line haul in the Class of 2018 grows more menacing by the week.
Gerald, the latest to commit (he did so on Thursday) is rated the No. 2 JUCO defensive end and No. 10 JUCO prospect in the country by the 247Sports composite rankings.
With five D-line recruits committed, and all with the potential to be impact players, what does it mean for the Vols?
The future core of the defensive line sets up pretty well. By the time these players make their way to campus, the current core of Khalil McKenzie, Shy Tuttle, Jonathan Kongbo, Quay Picou and Kyle Phillips will be seniors.
This will give the newcomers one year to get ready before bearing the brunt of the responsibilities on the defensive line. SEC games often come down to which team can win the trenches and a commitment to nabbing top talent on the defensive line continues as a positive for the Vols.
The talent to replace the likes of McKenzie and Tuttle will be there. Lawless, Litaker and Emerson all rate as 4-star prospects.
Butch Jones’ addition of Brady Hoke as the defensive line coach has been nothing short of a home run for the Vols so far. Hoke’s demeanor continues to resonate with prospects on the defensive line.
WATCH OUT ROCKY TOP WE HAVE A TRAIN HEADED OUR WAY! NEXT STOP: THE TRENCHES #DOM1N8 🔶⬜️
— Brady Hoke (@UTCoachHoke) July 6, 2017
Tennessee’s class now ranks as the No. 3 class in the country and passed LSU for best class in the SEC.
Offensive line coach Walt Wells also deserves credit. 247Sports lists Wells as the lead recruiter for Gerald. Wells has been the most active and successful recruiter on Tennessee’s staff this cycle.
B🍊🍊M!!! From Coast to Coast!! Big time Phone Call!! Gotta love that pressure!! #🍊rangeSwarm!! VFL pic.twitter.com/15ZUPcJKTR
— Walt Wells (@UTWWells) July 6, 2017