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.
Tennessee commits, targets shine
Lots of high schools across the Southeast started their seasons over the weekend, and a number of Volunteers commits and targets balled out.
I believe the kids are using the term ‘savages’ these days. ?
* 2017 tailback target Cam Akers, who plays quarterback at Clinton High (Miss.), totaled 431 yards and 5 touchdowns in a win Thursday night.
* 2017 tailback commit Ty Chandler, a 4-star standout at Montgomery Bell Academy, rushed for 226 yards and 3 scores on 21 carries. Tennessee’s newest commit had first-half runs of 73 and 70 yards.
* 2017 receiver target Jeremiah Holloman, a 4-star recruit and Top 100 prospect from Newton High (Ga.), scored two touchdowns and blocked a punt.
* 2018 athlete commit Alontae Taylor (Coffee County Central) scored 6 touchdowns — 4 rushing, 1 receiving and 1 passing — on 363 total yards. Taylor, who plays Wildcat quarterback for the Red Raiders, rushed for 293 yards and tossed a touchdown on his lone passing attempt.
* 2017 receiver commit Jordan Murphy recorded 9 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
* 2017 safety commit Theo Jackson, who plays defensive back and quarterback at Overton, scored 3 touchdowns in a 41-7 win.
* 2017 receiver commit Princeton Fant returned to the field for the first time since his sophomore season, debuting with 87 yards on 5 catches for LaVergne.
* 2017 linebacker commit Mo Burnam (Conyers, Ga.) recorded 4 TFL and 2 forced fumbles, including a scoop-and-score, in Salem’s comeback win.
* 2018 quarterback target Justin Fields, a 3-star prospect from Harrison High in Georgia, threw for 219 yards and 4 touchdowns on just 12 attempts. The duel-threat signal caller also ran for 67 yards and a score.
* 2018 running back target Fabian Franklin, a 4-star prospect who is teammates with Murphy at Hattiesburg, rushed for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Dixon an option?
Grayson (Ga.) middle linebacker Breon Dixon decommited from Georgia on Sunday, announcing the decision on Twitter.
No interviews until further notice… Takin my time w the process rn ‼️? pic.twitter.com/cDrqT8Vmbl
— Breon (@Breondixon_4) August 21, 2016
The 4-star prospect committed to UGA on Christmas Day, but Dixon reopened his options after the Bulldogs appear to be targeting other inside linebackers.
The question is whether Tennessee will re-enter the mix with Dixon? The Vols were on the prospect’s shortlist before he committed to Georgia, but sources told SEC Country that Tennessee no longer is actively recruiting Dixon.
While Dixon is teammates with top UT target Deangelo Gibbs, numbers are tight and the Vols have other linebackers higher on their board. Also, some recruitniks wonder if the 6-foot, 218-pound prospect actually projects as an inside linebacker.
Holloman, Henderson don’t visit
Newton High (Ga.) teammates Holloman and Jaquan Henderson, a Volunteers linebacker commit, did not make their scheduled visit to Tennessee this weekend.
The two starred in the Rams victory Thursday night and were hoping to catch UT’s scrimmage Saturday.
However, Henderson told SEC Country plans fell through and the duo could not make it. Holloman remains a priory target for Tennessee, and the Top-100 receiver plans to take an official visit to Knoxville sometime this fall.
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