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While Tennessee’s 2017 class continues to take shape, the Volunteers haven’t stopped aggressively targeting prospects — especially in-state — waaaaay down the road.
Last week, Butch Jones & Co. extended a pair of offers to 2020 Ensworth teammates Tyler Baron and Keshawn Lawrence.
That’s right, two high school freshman.
The Midstate remains the primary hotbed for Tennessee’s in-state recruiting, as the area is rich with high-ceiling D-1 prospects.
Baron is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end for the Tigers, already flashing as an athletic pass rusher. Baron’s older brother, Woody, plays defensive tackle for Virginia Tech and is tied for the team-lead in sacks with 4.5.
The younger Baron tweeted his offer news last Friday.
— Tyler (@Tylerbaron23) November 4, 2016
Meanwhile, Baron’s teammate Keshawn Lawrence also received a Tennessee offer, per Woody Womack of Rivals.com
Tennessee is the latest offer for 2020 Ensworth (Tenn) DB Keshawn Lawrence pic.twitter.com/fJWgXvzWN8
— Woody Wommack (@RivalsWoody) November 4, 2016
The Vols were the first program to offer the 6-foot-3, 184-pound cornerback.
Tennessee also recently extended a scholarship to 2019 receiver Dannis Jackson — considered one of the top prospects from Mississippi.
— Dannis Jackson (@DannisjJackson) October 27, 2016
Just a sophomore, Jackson leads Sumrall with 1,130 receviing yards on 69 receptions, averaging 102.7 yards per game. The wideout has recorded 18 total touchdowns, too.
Thus far, Tennessee has offered nine 2020 prospects, including 2018 5-star commit Cade Mays’ younger brother Cooper Mays.
As for 2019, Tennessee has pushed hard for Georgia prospects Owen Pappoe, Kenyatta Watson II and Jashawn Sheffield, as well as in-state prospects Adonis Otey, a athlete from Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, receiver TJ Sheffield out of Independence High and offensive tackle Jackson Lampley from Montgomery Bell Academy.
Top 3 Vols performers
With high school playoffs set to start all over the country, here were a trio of notable games by Tennessee commits over the weekend.
* 3-star Mississippi tight end Chase Rogers set a state record Friday, as the St. Stanislaus standout had 6 receptions for 128 yards and a score — breaking the Magnolia State record for career receiving touchdowns with 44.
* 3-star receiver Jacquez Jones had a highlight performance, scoring 3 touchdowns on 215 receiving yards and 6 catches in a win over East Lake. The Clearwater (Fla.) product now has 11 total touchdowns this season.
* 3-star Louisiana tailback Trey Coleman rushed for more than 100 yards and a second-half touchdown, as West Monroe rolled to a 40-14 win and a district championship.