Tennessee’s most explosive commit in its Class of 2018 likely is Alontae Taylor. He helped lead Coffee County Central High School to its first win of the season on Friday.
Taylor has experimented with the move to wide receiver this season. Tennessee wants to play him at wideout as opposed to his usual high school position of quarterback.
Taylor has done well with the transition and usually comes up with a receiving touchdown of more than 20 yards every game.
The 28-14 win over Warren County was no different, as Taylor scored on a 39-yard catch and run in the second quarter. He leaps up to bring the ball in and immediately turns up the field.
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The top uncommitted player in the state of Tennessee from the Class of 2018 had another solid game Friday night.
Cordova offensive tackle Jerome Carvin paved the way for a decisive 55-23 win over Collierville. Cordova ran the ball multiple times behind its big 6-foot-5, 307-pound tackle.
Carvin sprang a couple of touchdowns with his blocking and routinely took his defender to the ground with a pancake block.
The senior did get called for back-to-back holding penalties in the middle of the third quarter, which halted a drive.
“I felt like I played pretty good,” Carvin told SEC Country. “They called a couple of penalties on me. So, I’ve just got to block out all the excitement and just play football.”
Cordova moves to 4-1 on the season, and Carvin’s blocking up front has been a big reason for the record. He likely will continue to bully opposing players for the remainder of the season.
One of Tennessee’s two running back commits had a big game in a close loss Friday night.
Anthony Grant and Buford High School took on South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) High School and lost 33-27.
Grant played well, though, finishing with 84 yards on 13 rushes and 2 touchdowns. The touchdowns came on a 3-yard run in the second quarter and a 24-yard run the in the fourth.
Lyn-J Dixon probably gets talked about more among the Vols’ Class of 2018 running backs, but Grant shows his abilities on a fairly weekly basis.
Coach Butch Jones values consistency over almost anything else, and it’s clear why he wanted to recruit a player like Grant.