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* Volunteers 4-star tailback commit Ty Chandler scored 4 touchdowns in front of head coach Butch Jones and running backs assistant Robert Gillespie in Montgomery Bell Academy’s 44-0 shutout over Melrose. The nation’s No. 6 tailback now has 10 touchdowns in just three games in 2016.
* Linebacker commit Mo Burnam, Tennessee’s first pledge in its Class of 2017, stuffed the stat sheet in Salem (Ga.) High’s 28-20 win on Friday, tallying 10 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.
* 5-star cornerback Lamont Wade — who visited Tennessee on Thursday and called the trip “great” — rushed for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns on Friday night in Clariton’s 58-8 win. The Keystone State standout actually played outside linebacker for the Bears, filling in for several teammates who were ineligible.
* Tennessee’s 4-star safety commit Maleik Gray, who remains the Vols most vocal and active recruiter, had a monster performance in LaVergne’s first win this season. The athlete had receiving touchdowns of 47 and 31 yards. The high school linebacker also recorded 8 tackles and a sack in the 51-10 win.
* West Monroe (La.) 3-star tailback commit Trey Coleman had over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a victory.
* Linebacker Solon Page III, a 3-star recruit a Kell (Ga.), recorded 7 solo tackles with Tennessee assistant Tommy Thigpen in attendance.
* 2017 5-star tailback target Cam Akers, who plays quarterback for Clinton (Miss.), had 113 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception in the Arrows 28-21 win over rival Brandon.
* The Volunteers primary 2018 quarterback target Justin Fields, a 3-star Georgia native, led his Harrison High team to major victory over North Cobb on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound duel-threat standout finished with 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 of 14 passing.
* With Tennessee secondary coach Willie Martinez watching, Overton safety Theo Jackson picked off a pass and scored a rushing touchdown a tough loss.
* Mississippi wideout Jordan Murphy had a quiet night (4 catches for 7 yards) in Hattiesburg’s 43-8 win over Collins. Top 2018 tailback target Fabian Franklin, who visited Tennessee this summer when Murphy committed to the Volunteers, did not play.
* 3-star cornerback Cheyenne Labruzza hardly saw action in Albany’s 62-0 blowout win. He did notch a couple TFLs and score a 55-yard touchdown.
* Electric South Florida playmaker CJ Cotman scored a pair of touchdowns on his only two carries in Central Clearwater Catholic’s win on Friday. Cotman’s teammates Amari Burney, a 2018 receiver target, had another big night, scoring a 70-yard punt return.
* Tennessee’s 757 defensive line trio had a productive weekend once again. The Norfolk twins Breyon and Brandon Gaddy — all 600 pounds of beef — combined for several stops and sack in Bishop Sullivan’s 41-6 win. Meanwhile, Virginia Beach defensive tackle Eric Crosby, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound 3-star prospect, had a handful for tackles and over 60 yards rushing in a win.
Vols hand out a pair of offers to 2018 OL
Last week, Tennessee offered junior offensive guard Jalil Irvin, a 4-star lineman from Stephenson (Ga.) High and a former Michigan Wolverines commit.
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— Jalil Irvin. (@only1_lil) August 30, 2016
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect is ranked the No. 14 guard in the Class of 2018. Irvin decommited from Michigan on Aug. 23, citing a lack of communication with the coaching staff.
Since then, the offensive lineman has racked up offers from Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
Then on Sunday, 2018 Fort Meade (Fla.) offensive guard Cleveland Reed received an offer from the Vols.
— H2 Athletes (@H2Athletes) September 5, 2016
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound junior is ranked a 4-star recruit and Florida’s No. 39 prospect. Reed holds an impressive offer list, including UF, Ohio State, Miami, North Carolina, Florida State and Clemson.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SECCountry.com