KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers.
On Sunday, 4-star offensive lineman T.J. Moore de-committed from South Carolina just hours after the Gamecocks’ 28-14 loss to Georgia.
Talk about salt in the wound.
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— TJ (@TJ75_) October 10, 2016
The North Carolina native committed to USC over Tennessee on Aug. 1, but the Volunteers never stopped recruiting the 6-foot-6, 280-pound guard. They planned to send a position coach to watch a Mallard Creek game earlier this fall but couldn’t due to weather, and now the Vols appear in prime position to pounce on the No. 6 overall prospect in North Carolina.
Don’t be surprised if Moore visits Tennessee this weekend for the Alabama game. But the question is where does Moore land on UT’s big board.
As I mentioned last week, Moore is just one of many offensive linemen Tennessee continues to evaluate, recruit and actively pursue this cycle.
Obviously, 5-star recruit Trey Smith is the target, but ideally, Tennessee would like to sign four linemen (two + commits Riley Locklear and Jordan Tucker) in the 2017 class.
The Vols extended a couple of OL offers recently (4-star California tackle Aaron Banks and 3-star Florida tackle Jerry Drake Jr.) and they’re trying to make inroads with LSU offensive line commit Saahdiq Charles and Army All-American Chuck Filiaga.
It will be interesting to watch if Charles visits on Saturday. Others possibly, too?
There’s a lot of moving pieces with Tennessee’s offensive line board right now. Stay tuned.
Top 3 performances by Vols commits
* A weekly staple here, 4-star tailback Ty Chandler shredded the competition again Friday, torching rival Brentwood for 341 yards and 4 touchdowns on 21 carries. The Montgomery Bell Academy star has stuffed the stat sheet with 29 touchdowns this season.
* Like Chandler, 3-star Mississippi receiver Jordan Murphy continues to ball out. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound commit had a monster game against Picayune, hauling in 10 passes for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns.
* With Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie in the house, 3-star commit Trey Coleman (West Monroe, La.) rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown. Coleman remains one of UT’s most underrated 2017 commits.