Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. In this edition, we discuss Tennessee moving into the No. 1 recruiting class spot in the SEC, Tennessee missing out on Jordan Miner and the Vols making two final lists.
LSU’s loss is Tennessee’s gain
A commitment to Tennessee and a de-commitment from LSU changed the situation Thursday.
Just the day before, LSU ranked above the Vols as the best SEC recruiting class in the 2018 cycle, but the commitment of JUCO defensive end Dorian Gerald boosted Tennesee’s class, pushing the number of commits to 17.
Tennessee also secured a surprise commitment on Monday from Greg Emerson while he was at Nike’s The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. Emerson had planned to wait until December to announce his decision. On Sunday, he sustained a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula to his left leg, but he tweeted that he should be running within six weeks.
The two additions to the recruiting class this week helped to boost Tennessee, but outside linebacker Adam Anderson’s de-commitment from LSU was the final domino that propelled the Vols to the top of class.
Anderson, a 4-star prospect, had committed to LSU in April.
Tennessee now holds the No. 3-ranked class in the country and No. 1 in the SEC, according to the 247Sports rankings. The Vols hold commitments from 17 prospects in the Class of 2018.
Tennessee has gained five commitments over the past five weeks. The other three commits are running backs Lyn-J Dixon and Anthony Grant, as well as defensive end Jamarcus Chatman, who until mid-June was an LSU commit.
Chatman’s commitment becomes even more valuable and intriguing with the news of Anderson’s decommitment. The two are teammates on the defensive side of the ball for Rome (Ga.) High School.
Both Chatman and Anderson had committed, along with teammate Ja’Quon Griffin, to LSU at the Tigers’ spring game. At the time, it was believed the trio were somewhat of a package deal. The idea of all three playing together a the college level has cooled off a bit, but it might be something for Tennessee fans to keep their eyes on down the road.
Florida cornerback Jordan Miner chooses Penn State
Tennessee made a strong play for 4-star cornerback Jordan Miner, but he chose Penn State Thursday.
— Uno (@Jordanminer01) July 6, 2017
Miner ranks as the No. 30 cornerback in the Class of 2018.
The Vols currently have defensive back commitments Brendon Harris, Brandon Cross and Tanner Ingle. The Vols likely will add another defensive back this class. There remains a need to replenish the talent in the back of the defense this class.
The Vols will lose the five seniors who play in the secondary after the 2017 season.
The likely No. 1 target for the Vols in the secondary now would be Georgia 4-star cornerback Jaycee Horn.
Horn recently cut Tennessee off of his top-3 list in favor of South Carolina and Alabama, but the Tennessee staff continues to recruit him.
He had planned to make his announcement July 15, but now it seems as if he might wait a little bit longer for a final decision.
The Vols make two final lists
A 3-star wide receiver from Virginia, Dillon Spalding announced his top 5 Thursday with Tennessee on the list.
Top 5… pic.twitter.com/xgIDEVlCjH
— Dillon Spalding (@DillonSpalding) July 7, 2017
The Vols made the cut along with Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Temple and West Virginia. Virginia Tech currently holds two of the three Crystal Ball predictions on 247Sports.
Spalding ranks as the No. 58 wide receiver in the Class of 2018.
Defensive end Tyler Baylor announced his top-6 list, with the Vols in the mix.
— Tyler Baylor (@KB1__) July 6, 2017
The Vols remain in consideration for Baylor along with Kentucky, Georgia, Louisville, Pitt and Maryland.
Baylor’s interest in the Volsmight fade because of the supreme amount of talent already committed at his position. He rates as a 3-star prospect and the No. 22 weakside defensive end in the class.
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