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Is another change coming to Tennessee’s 2017 recruiting class?
Last Thursday, offensive tackle Jordan Tucker decommitted from the Volunteers, reopening his options.
A recent offer suggests additional attrition could be coming, too.
2017 Alabama quarterback Bubba Thompson tweeted the news that he’d received an offer from Tennessee.
Blessed to receive a offer from University of Tennessee?? pic.twitter.com/v5xIVkUMUU
— Bubba thompson (@Bubbathompson5) October 18, 2016
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect visited Knoxville over the weekend for the Tennessee-Alabama game, and the duel-threat talent holds offers from Troy, UCF and Western Kentucky.
Well, Thompson isn’t a known commodity on the football recruiting circuit, as the McGill-Toolen Catholic (Ala.) standout is a fantastic baseball player and is currently committed to Auburn. He’s likely to be drafted this summer, too.
However, Thompson’s football film suggests a potentially high-upside prospect with legitimate D-1 talent. He’s a versatile athlete with 19 touchdowns and just one interception for one of the best teams in the state of Alabama.
Whether Thompson opts to play football at Tennessee is way too early to tell, but the Volunteers’ interest is certainly noteworthy since they already have a 2017 quarterback commit.
Connecticut signal-caller Cj Lewis jumped into Tennessee’s 2017 class after a four month odyssey working toward an offer.
This summer, the Volunteers missed on top-targets Hunter Johnson (Clemson commit), Jack Spears (Duke commit) and N’Kosi Perry (Miami commit), turning to Lewis as a development option at the position following several impressive showings at a couple quarterback camps.
But Lewis has struggled during his senior season at Cheshire Academy, even losing his starting spot. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback currently remains committed to UT, but it’s clear the Volunteers are exploring other options.
There’s only room for quarterback in their Class of 2017, so it’s a position to watch closely in the coming weeks.