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Tennessee will host a number of official visitors Saturday against Kentucky, including Florida natives Deandre Johnson, a Mississippi State commit, and speedy tailback Darrian Felix.
But one notable visitor canceled his scheduled trip to Tennessee, as 4-star Mississippi offensive guard Saahdiq Charles will not be in town this weekend.
no rocky top this weekend ❌?….
— primetime – diq™? (@saahdiq) November 7, 2016
Charles, a longtime LSU commit, told SEC Country he still plans to take an official visit to the Vols but had to reschedule the trip.
The 6-foot-5, 314-pound guard emerged as a top target for Tennessee after Jordan Tucker de-committed last month.
The Volunteers have just a single offensive line commit currently, as 3-star prospect Riley Locklear (Spring Valley, W.Va.) is holding down the fort while Tennessee covets guys like Charles, 5-star tackle Trey Smith and 4-star guard T.J. Moore.
But Charles, who holds 13 offers, remains a very, very tough pull away from LSU.
According to SEC Country sources, Charles is locked into his commitment with the Tigers and barring a wild staff shakeup, the Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Miss.) prospect is likely to stay in the Tigers’ 2017 class.
LSU is Charles’ “dream school,” and the offensive guard has been a frequent visitor to Baton Rouge.
Furthermore, Charles is one of LSU’s most active recruiters — even after the coaching change from Les Miles to Ed Orgeron.
Tennessee cornerback commit Cheyenne Labruzza began rehabbing his injured knee Monday.
The 3-star Louisiana native told SEC Country the recovery is “going great” after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus two weeks ago.
Labruzza, who was having an outstanding senior season, was injured on a non-contact play when his cleat got caught in the ground following a tackle. His knee buckled and the 6-foot, 183-pound defensive back briefly tried to play through the pain before leaving the game.
Labruzza said he doesn’t plan to take any trips in the near future, saying, “I’m just taking it easy right now. Gotta get healthy first.”
The nation’s No. 44 cornerback holds more than a dozen offers, but remains solid to Tennessee. He still hears from several schools, including Mississippi State and LSU.
Theo Jackson gets nominated
3-star safety commit Theo Jackson, an in-state product from Overton, tweeted Tuesday that he had been nominated to play in the East-West Tennessee All-Star Game.
Blessed to have been nominated to play in the Toyota East vs West All-Star game pic.twitter.com/VOFgQQNSPn
— ??Theo Jackson™ (@theo_jackson05) November 9, 2016
Jackson has flashed as a two-way player for Overton, racking up multiple interceptions and receiving touchdowns for the Bobcats.