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Earlier this week, I joked on Twitter.
More stars: The Milky Way or Rocky Top this Saturday? Ridiculous group of prospects visiting for Florida. Full list at the end of week. ?⭐️?
— Jesse Re Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) September 21, 2016
In hindsight, that might’ve been an understatement.
Tennessee will host an insane crop of talent for Saturday’s showdown with Florida (3:30 p.m., CBS)
The star-studded group headed to Rocky Top rivals just about any recruiting weekend during the Butch Jones era.
More than 100 prospects will be in attendance, including 5-stars Trey Smith and Lamont Wade.
247Sports reported Top-250 defensive lineman LaBrayan Ray and Elijah Conliffe plan to visit Saturday, too.
Ray, a James Clemens (Ala.) High standout, has long been seen as an Alabama-lean, but he has visited Tennessee several times in recent months and plans to take an official to Tennessee sometime this fall. Conliffe, a 4-star Hampton (Va.) defensive tackle, was supposed to attend the “Battle at Bristol” but had to cancel the trip. Like Ray, Conliffe is rumored to be favoring Alabama, but Tennessee has remained in the defensive lineman’s ear with hopes to lockdown an official visit.
The Volunteers will also play host to 2018 quarterback Justin Fields, who is visiting for the second-straight weekend, and a slew of other top-rated juniors including receiver Joshua Moore, defensive end Malik Gray, defensive tackle Brent Lawless.
More than a dozen Volunteers commits will also be in the house.
With College GameDay, Checker Neyland and the “Smokey Gray” uniforms, it should be a raucous environment for recruits. Now Tennessee just needs to give them something worth remembering.
SEC Country confirmed visitors. I will update this list if more names pop up.
* University School offensive tackle Trey Smith, the 5-star remains UT’s most important target
* Clairton (Pa.) cornerback Lamont Wade, the nation’s No. 9 overall prospect, per Rivals
* Albany (La.) cornerback Cheyenne Labruzza (Tennessee commit)
* West Monroe (La.) running back Trey Coleman (Tennessee commit)
* Montgomery Bell Academy tailback Ty Chandler (Tennessee commit)
* Hardin County athlete LaTrell Bumphus (Tennessee commit)
* LaVergne safety Maleik Gray (Tennessee commit)
* Overton defensive back Theo Jackson (Tennessee commit)
* Kell (Ga.) linebacker Solon Page III (Tennessee commit)
* Spring Valley (W. Va.) offensive tackle Riley Locklear (Tennessee commit)
* Warren County offensive tackle K’Rojhn Calbert
* Hampton (Va.) defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe
* James Clemens (Ala.) defensive end LaBrayan Ray
* Roswell (Ga.) offensive lineman Jordan Tucker (Tennessee commit)
* Grayson (Ga.) safety Deangelo Gibbs
* Knoxville Catholic offensive tackle Cade Mays (Tennessee commit)
* Coffee County athlete Alontae Taylor (Tennessee commit)
* Harrison (Ga.) quarterback Justin Fields
* Nashville Christian School defensive tackle Brant Lawless, a Vols priority target
* Tampa Bay Tech (Fla.) quarterback Michael Penix Jr.
* Yoakum (Texas) receiver Joshua Moore, a Top-100 prospect who recently told me UT was his leader
* Yoakum (Texas) safety Jordan Moore
* Fairfield (Ohio) defensive end Malik Vann, a 4-star prospect with more than 15 offers
* Westerville South (Ohio) tailback Jaylen Gill
* Riverdale receiver Jarek Campbell
* Cathedral (In.) offensive guard Emil Ekiyor, a 4-star prospect and top Tennessee target
* Athens Christian (Ga.) athlete Richard Jibunor
* Central Dauphin (Pa.) defensive end Micah Parsons (Penn State commit)
* Shelby (N.C.) linebacker Dax Hollifield
* Independence receiver Kendrell Scurry (Tennessee commit)
* Grayson (Ga.) linebacker Owen Papppe, the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect
* Grayson (Ga.) cornerback Kenyatta Watson
* Grayson (Ga.) defensive tackle Tru Thompson
* Hillgrove (Ga.) safety Jaylen McCollough