KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us at SEC Country for the latest recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers.
With high school playoffs heating up and lowly Tennessee Tech coming to town Saturday, the Tennessee Volunteers won’t host a loaded prospect group for homecoming this weekend.
While some 2018 and 2019 recruits will be in town, the most notable 2017 visitor is 3-star offensive tackle K’Rojhn Calbert. The Warren County product was “jumping off the walls” after finally receiving a Tennessee offer just last week. He’s coming off an official visit to South Carolina — watching the Volunteers get upset in Columbia — but most believe Calbert is still leaning toward his in-state school.
The budding offensive tackle will officially visit Florida next weekend, so Saturday is a good opportunity for Tennessee to make another solid impression and regain some momentum. Calbert will actually play in a playoff game against Knoxville’s Hardin Valley Academy on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, Tennessee’s latest commit — 3-star Florida tight end James Brown — hoped to take an official visit to Knoxville this weekend, but Brown, who has never been to Tennessee, told me he won’t be able to make it and is planning another date for the future.
Tennessee’s two highest-ranked commits — both in-state products — received their High School All-American jerseys in ceremonies this week.
Montgomery Bell Academy tailback Ty Chandler, a 4-star recruit and the nation’s No. 5 running back, was awarded his U.S. Army All-American jersey on Friday.
— Ty Chandler (@Channdler_35) November 4, 2016
Chandler has scored 31 touchdowns this season and is viewed as an instant impact contributor for the Volunteers in 2017.
Meanwhile, 4-star LaVergne safety Maleik Gray received his Under Armour All-American jersey on Thursday.
— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) November 2, 2016
Gray, who continues to hear from Alabama and Florida State, has been Tennessee’s most vocal player recruiter and has openly courted 5-star offensive tackle Trey Smith.
Every Friday until National Signing Day, I’ll do a quick snapshot on Tennessee’s class.
National Ranking: No. 9 overall, 26 commits
Top recruits: No. 54 overall Maleik Gray (LaVergne), No. 83 overall Ty Chandler (Montgomery Bell Academy), No. 207 overall Will Ignont (Buckhorn, AL).
New commitments: 3-star tight end James Brown (Jones, FL).
Position breakdown: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 TE, 3 WR, 1 OL, 6 DL, 4 LB, 4 DB, 2 ATH, 1 K
Geographical breakdown: Tennessee (6), Georgia (4), Florida (4), Virginia (3), Louisiana (3), Mississippi (2), South Carolina (1), West Virginia (1), Alabama (1), Connecticut (1)