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 why Tennessee commit Anthony Grant chose the Vols and making Cam Jones and Dorian Gerald’s top 5.
For Anthony Grant Jr., the decision to commit to Tennessee became easier as his relationship with the coaching staff grew, especially with running backs coach Robert Gillespie.
Grant, a running back, connected with his future position coach and Tennessee became the place where he wanted to play college football.
Grant recently joined Josh Ward on the Tennessee football podcast to discuss his decision to commit to Tennessee on Sunday (listen at the 18-minute mark).
“Their coaching staff is just great,” Grant said. “Everyone in Tennessee around the football part of it is just great. I just love it. Coach Gillespie, me and him have a very great relationship that made it a very big plus. They have that family type thing going on at Tennessee, so that kind of led me to my decision.
“He’s just an all-around great person,” Grant said. “He can talk to me on a personal level and I can just kick back with him and everything. I just love him.”
Gillespie and Grant have talked about what Grant will bring to the team in the future.
“He knows that I can do a lot with the ball,” Grant said. “He said, basically if I work hard, then my time will come.”
A relationship with Tennessee coach Butch Jones helped make Grant’s decision easier, as well.
“I feel like he’s just straight-forward,” Grant said. “He talks good and Tennessee is a great program, so obliviously he coaches good.”
Grant attended Orange Carpet Day and committed eight days later. Jones provided a pressure-free environment to the recruits that came to Knoxville.
Instead of receiving a pressured sales pitch to commit, Grant and the other commits got to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
“It made a big impact,” Grant said. “Every time I go up there, it feels more and more like home.”
Current Tennessee commits Cade Mays and Adrian Martinez pursued Grant very hard throughout the recruitment process.
“They’ve been trying to get me harder than the coaches,” Grant said. “When I went to the Orange Carpet Day, I really got to talk to them.”
Grant committed a day after fellow Georgia running back Lyn-J Dixon announced his commitment to the Vols.
The two knew of each other’s interest in the school, which only helped lead both running backs to Tennessee.
“We’ve been talking about it for a while,” Grant said. “Ever since he knew I was interested in Tennessee, we’ve been talking about it. It’s been a good deal for us.”
The prospect of splitting carries at the next level won’t phase Grant at all.
“It’s great. Me and Christian [Turner], the running back at my high school, have kind of the same thing, so I’ll be used to it,” Grant said. “I’m excited to play with Lyn-J.”
Splitting carries in the backfield can be appealing since it will lessen the hits every running back takes. This, in turn, can keep both running backs healthier later in the season.
Grant will face his home-state team (Georgia) and a team that showed interest in him (Florida) by committing to Tennessee. He’s looking forward to those big SEC East battles.
“I can’t wait, I love competition,” Grant said.
Tennessee makes Cam Jones’ top 5
Top in-state linebacker Cam Jones released his top-5 schools Monday, and the Vols made the list.
Everybody who believe in me, thank you🎈🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/2KLhG5OpY9
— Cam Jones🐐 (@KingCam_1) June 26, 2017
The Vols will be in the mix for Jones, along with Memphis, Indiana, Missouri and Mississippi State.
Jones ranks a 3-star athlete according to 247Sports and the No. 30 prospect in the state.
Tennessee makes Dorian Gerald’s top 5
The day after adding defensive line commit Jamarcus Chatman, Tennessee received more good news by making defensive end Dorian Gerald’s top 5.
— Dorian Gerald (@TopNotchDG) June 27, 2017
The Vols made the list along with South Carolina, Louisville, Florida and LSU. Gerald ranks as the No. 2 JUCO strong side defensive end in the Class of 2018.
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