Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Today, we discuss 3-star running back Master Teague III, who dropped his top three schools on Wednesday as we get closer to his decision.
Master Teague III, Tennessee’s top running back target for the Class of 2018, has always been open and generous with his time but there’s one thing that he hasn’t been willing to talk about — his top schools.
“There’s a few schools that are kind of up there but I’d rather kind of keep that between me and my family,” Teague told SEC Country in April.
That all changed on Wednesday night when his parents took to Twitter to drop the list of top three schools for the 3-star running back out of Murfreesboro, Tenn. — Tennessee, Georgia and Auburn.
This is our top 3. After this announcement we will go silent for a time except w/ coaches & in-person questions. Thanks for understanding. pic.twitter.com/IkBsJzvAWr
— Corey & Emily Teague (@DrCoreyMTeague) May 17, 2017
Among the most surprising things about the list is that it didn’t include South Carolina. At one time, the Gamecocks were considered the favorite to land the nation’s No. 25 running back.
Auburn was always involved among Teague’s top schools, but Tennessee and Georgia both really managed to step their games up over the last couple of months to make it into that top three.
Georgia and Tennessee were the last two spring visits for Teague on April 14 and 8, respectively. That visit to Knoxville was a big turning point for the Vols on Teague, who told SEC Country afterward that Tennessee was recruiting him like “their first draft pick.”
On that visit, Tennessee was also able to change his tune slightly on the notion of playing in his home state. Earlier in the process, Teague said that “could” have some impact, but it wasn’t a major factor. After the visit, Teague told SEC Country that he could see the value in staying home and that he felt like “when you come to Tennessee, you’re a Tennessee Vol for life” and that the school will “always support” its players.
Teague is an incredibly important player for Tennessee, especially after the loss of 3-star running back Jashaun Corbin earlier this week. Georgia is the favorite by 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions with 10 of 15 predictions, while the Vols have none.
While an exact date for Teague’s decision hasn’t been set, he indicated on Twitter that he’d make his decision “soon.” Teague indicated last month that it was a possibility that he’d make his decision around the end of June but that he would announce earlier if he felt he had found the right school.
Vols hand 3-star DB Brandon Cross ‘dream offer’
It’s rare to find a consensus 3-star or better recruit who doesn’t accumulate into the double digits in offers by National Signing Day. So not every offer can be particularly meaningful or special.
But for 3-star Orlando, Fla. corner Brandon Cross, he received a particularly special offer on Monday from Tennessee, which he called a “dream offer.”
— B (@iambcross) May 15, 2017
Cross, the No. 91 corner in the Class of 2018, has 14 offers after receiving two more on Tuesday from Georgia State and Rutgers. Cross also has offers from Mississippi State, Missouri and Syracuse.
Tennessee is currently the leader for Cross according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, although there’s been just one prediction.
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