KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — At the midway point of high school football seasons, 247Sports released its latest update for the Class of 2018 on Wednesday, and a bunch of Tennessee Volunteers targets, as well as both their commits, rocketed up the rankings.
In all, nine players from the Volunteer State were represented in the Top247.
A couple of highly-coveted targets in the next cycle made huge leaps, as quarterback target Justin Fields jumped into the rankings at No. 100 overall — a 283-spot move. In-state targets Master Teague, a tailback from Blackmon High, and Brendan Harris, a 4-star safety out of Baylor School, both saw huge climbs, too.
Other Tennessee targets represented in the rankings include Brentwood Academy teammates Camron Johnson and Jack Sirmon, as well as in-state defensive lineman Greg Emerson and Brant Lawless.
Checkout where some notable prospects landed…
* Cade Mays, a 5-star offensive tackle from Knoxville Catholic High, moved up two spots to No. 12 overall.
* Alontae Taylor, a 4-star athlete from Coffee County Central, climbed 52 spots to No. 198 overall.
* Micah Parsons, a 5-star defensive end from Central Dauphin (Pa.), fell one spot to No. 6 overall. The Penn State commit has close ties with Mays.
* Jamaree Salyer, a 5-star guard from Pace Academy (Ga.), moved up two spots to No. 13 overall.
* Joshua Moore, a 4-star receiver from Yoakum (Tx.), jumped 58 spots to No. 31 overall. Moore could visit Tennessee on Saturday.
* Jaelen Gill, a 4-star tailback from Westerville South (Ohio), fell 10 spots to No. 32 overall.
* PJ Mustipher, a 4-star defensive tackle from McDonogh School (Md.), slide 9 spots to No. 36 overall. Mustipher will visit Tennessee this weekend.
* Jeremy Ruckert, a 4-star tight end from Lindenhurst Senior (N.Y.), jumped 57 spots to No. 39 overall.
* Fabian Franklin, a 4-star tailback from Hattiesburg, dropped 10 spots to No. 69 overall. Franklin is teammates with Tennessee receiver commit Jordan Murphy.
* Christian Armstrong, a 4-star offensive tackle rom Warner Robins (Ga.), slipped 29 spots to No. 87 overall.
* Justin Fields, a 4-star quarterback from Harrison (Ga.), rocketed 283 spots to No. 100 overall. Fields remains Tennessee’s primary quarterback target.
* Dax Hollifield, a 4-star linebacker from Shelby (N.C.), climbed 26 spots to No. 104 overall.
* Greg Emerson, a 4-star defensive end from North Side, fell two spots to No. 107 overall. Emerson will visit this weekend.
* Brant Lawless, a 4-star defensive tackle from Nashville Christian School, rose six spots to No. 123 overall.
* Brendon Harris, a 4-star safety from Baylor School, jumped 129 spots to No. 136 overall.
* Camron Johnson, a 4-star receiver from Brentwood Academy, rose three spots to No. 162 overall. Johnson will visit Tennessee this weekend.
* Jack Sirmon, a 4-star linebacker from Brentwood Academy, rose five spots to No. 164 overall.
* Master Teague, a 4-star running back from Murfreesboro, jumped 355 spots to No. 174 overall. He will visit Tennessee this weekend.