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Tennessee continues to aggressively target 2019 prospects.
The Volunteers offered a scholarship to 2019 athlete TJ Sheffield, a two-way standout at Independence High in Thompson’s Station.
Tennessee is the first school to extend an offer to the 5-foot-10, 157-pound sophomore, who announced the news on Twitter.
— Tj Sheffield (@the_tj2) October 6, 2016
Sheffield is teammates with Tennessee’s lone 2019 commit: Top-100 receiver Kendrell Scurry. The Eagles sophomore has not yet been ranked by recruiting services.
Tennessee targeting Texas?
The Volunteers haven’t had much success poaching prospects from the Lone Star State, but that doesn’t mean they don’t try to steal a recruit or two each year.
In 2015, backup quarterback Quinton Dormady, from Boerne, Texas, committed to Tennessee over Texas and Alabama.
Under Butch Jones, Tennessee has seen some solid production from Texas natives LaDarrell McNeil, a former U.S. Army All-American safety from Dallas, outside linebacker Chris Weatherd and receiver Johnathon Johnson.
In the last 10 years, Tennessee has landed nine prospects from Texas, headlined by Denarius Moore.
The Tatum native was actually just a 3-star recruit, but the wide receiver had a very productive career at Tennessee, scoring 19 touchdowns. Moore was dynamic as a senior, averaging 20.9 yards a catch and finishing the season with 981 yards and 9 scores.
One of the Volunteers biggest recruiting ‘what if’s’ in recent memory was 4-star safety Eddrick Loften from Irving. The 2010 blue-chip prospect never enrolled at Tennessee after failing to qualify academically.
Former 2017 Tennessee commit KD Nixon is a DeSoto product, but the 3-star receiver decommitted in June and is no longer high on Tennessee’s board.
So what future recruits are on Tennessee’s radar from the Lone Star State?
* 4-star offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga. The 6-foot-6, 335-pound Army All-American remains a prospect Tennessee covets. Can the Volunteers secure one of Filiaga’s final official visits?
* 5-star cornerback Anthony Cook. The Vols recently offered the nation’s No. 25 overall prospect from Houston.
* 4-star receiver Joshua Moore. The Yoakum product told me last month Tennessee was his leader, but Moore will be a really tough pull out of Texas. He will visit Rocky Top next weekend for the Alabama game.
* 4-star athlete Jordan Moore. Joshua’s twin brother projects as a safety in college. He released his Top 10 schools in a tweet Thursday night.
* 5-star safety BJ Foster. The Angleton native is the No. 10 overall player in the 2018 class.