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It’s that time of the week.
A range of topics on the menu today.
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Let’s get to it.
Matt asks: What kind of LB targets will be on campus this Saturday? I know the Crystal Ball says a 40% chance for the UGA decommit 4-star Breon Dixon. If he a top target for LB? Who else is on UT’s radar?
Dixon is a really interesting prospect right now — mainly because there’s scuttle on various fronts about the 4-star linebacker. Is he headed to TCU or Miami? Is Tennessee looking to get back into the mix?
Initially, when the Grayson (Ga.) product decommitted from Georgia in late August, the Volunteers had stopped actively recruiting Dixon.
They already had three linebacker commits and other prospects were higher on their board. Some recruitniks also wondered if Dixon, a 6-foot, 218-pound recruit, actually projects as an inside linebacker in college.
However, I’ve heard rumblings recently that Tennessee is at least flirting with Dixon again.
Dixon, who holds around 20 offers, is certainly not at the top of Tennessee’s wish list, but with options dwindling? We’ll see.
The Under Armour All-American will commit in January and plans to enroll early.
As for this weekend, 4-star Alabama linebacker Will Ignont is will make his first trip to Tennessee.
Most believe the nation’s No. 8 inside linebacker is an Auburn lean, but Ignont is exactly the type of big, athletic linebacker the Volunteers are looking for. Can they make a move this weekend?
The staff really likes commits Solon Page III and Jaquan Henderson. Page is a lock, while Henderson continues to hear from other schools. The Volunteers would like to add at least one more blue-chipper at the position.
Zach asks: Cam Akers is visiting this weekend right? How we looking?
I’ll let Jim Carrey take it away.
Really, Akers, a 5-star tailback from Mississippi, is no where near a decision and many folks seem to be simply guessing at where he ultimately ends up right now.
Just yesterday, two different well-respected recruiting writers put in Crystal Ball predictions at 247Sports … on two different schools.
The Volunteers remain in the mix for the Army All-American, but they’re battling Ole Miss, LSU, Florida State, Ohio State and Georgia.
Don’t rule out Alabama, either, even though Akers decommitted from the Tide in March.
There’s a long, long ways to go in this one.
Jeremy: How many current commits aren’t on (Tennessee’s) list on National Signing Day?
Ahh, the turnover question. I expect a handful (maybe 3-5) current guys to end up elsewhere when it’s all said and done. We’ll see, though. Lots of movement starts happening in December when coaching changes, updated evals, etc. starting taking place.
Matt asks: Do you see Tennessee landing any commits this weekend? Especially if they pull out a win against Bama!?!
Always a possibility.
While 5-stars Trey Smith and Lamont Wade aren’t nearing decisions, other key 2017 targets, including coveted defensive end Matthew Butler from North Carolina could possibly pop pretty soon. This is a big visit for Butler, who has Tennessee among his leaders with South Carolina and Duke.
Really, a win or loss won’t change the number of potential commitments this weekend.
I won’t be surprised if a 2018 kid or two announces a decision, too.
Jason asks: Why’d we back off Trevor Lawrence? Kid is good.
Is that last part a question? I kid. Tennessee didn’t “back off.” Lawrence, a 5-star quarterback from Catersville (Ga.), simply favored Georgia and Clemson more. He didn’t believe he was a scheme fit at Tennessee.
That’s it for this week. Thanks for the questions.