Tennessee holds commitments from 23 players for the third week in a row.
It has been another quiet week, which again, is not a bad thing. The quieter the weeks are going forward the better.
Coach Butch Jones has pieced together a stellar Class of 2018 and holding onto the recruits is the most important thing right now.
Here’s an early glance where things stand for the Vols’ Class of 2018:
Where Tennessee’s class ranks
Tennessee ranks as the No. 6 class in the country and No. 1 in the SEC. The Vols hold one 5-star commit, offensive tackle Cade Mays, and eight 4-star prospects.
Six of the top-9 players from the Volunteer State in the Class of 2018 have committed to the Vols.
There has been a growing concern the Vols have taken the quantity over quality approach to recruiting this cycle. I don’t think that is the case. They have a high number of commits, but also have a number of blue-chip prospects in Mays, Trey Dean, Jaycee Horn, Brendon Harris, Greg Emerson, Brant Lawless and D’Andre Litaker.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- Tennessee football mailbag: Jerome Carvin, big names left and quantity over quality?
- Tennessee falling behind for OLB Richard Jibunor, reactions on season opener from commits
- Vols recruiting turning its focus towards the Class of 2019
- Season-opening stage gives Tennessee a chance to stand out to recruits
- Tennessee commit Jacob Warren showcases playmaking skills: 10 catches, 5 TDs
- Tennessee football’s September to-do list on the recruiting trail
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 362
- 5-star offers: 21
- 4-star offers: 194
- In-state recruits offered: 25
- Florida recruits offered: 91
- Georgia recruits offered: 62
- Texas recruits offered: 24
- OT Cade Mays, 5-star, Knoxville, Tenn.
- DE Greg Emerson, 4-star, Jackson, Tenn.
- WR Alontae Taylor, 4-star, Manchester, Tenn.
- QB Adrian Martinez, 4-star, Fresno, Calif.
- S Brendon Harris, 4-star, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- DT D’Andre Litaker, 4-star, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- RB Lyn-J Dixon, 4-star, Butler, Ga.
- DT Brant Lawless, 4-star, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- S Trey Dean, 4-star, Hampton, Tenn.
- CB Jaycee Horn, 4-star, Alpharetta, Ga.
- LB Matthew Flint, 3-star, Gurley, Ala.
- DE Dorian Gerald, 3-star, Valencia, Calif.
- DT Jamarcus Chatman, 3-star, Rome, Ga.
- RB Anthony Grant, 3-star, Buford, Ga.
- QB Michael Penix, 3-star, Tampa, Fla.
- TE Jacob Warren, 3-star Knoxville, Tenn.
- WR Jatavious Harris, 3-star, Milledgeville, Ga.
- OG Ollie Lane, 3-star, Corryton, Tenn.
- OT Tanner Antonutti, 3-star, Nashville, Tenn.
- CB Brandon Cross, 3-star, Orlando, Fla.
- CB Tanner Ingle, 3-star, Orlando, Fla.
- WR Shocky Jacques-Louis, 3-star, Fort Myers, Fla.
- P Paxton Brooks, N/R, West Columbia, S.C.
3 top uncommitted targets
- 4-star OLB Adam Anderson, Rome, Ga.: Anderson de-committed from LSU on July 6 and has visited Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson and Alabama since. Georgia seems the favorite to land the in-state talent. The commitment to Tennessee by Anderson’s friend and teammate, Chatman, will give the Volunteers a shot.
- 3-star OT Jerome Carvin, Cordova, Tenn.: Carvin reduced his list to 10 on June 12, but Tennessee and Alabama have remained the leaders. Tennessee holds commitments from four offensive linemen, so Carvin could be leaning toward the Crimson Tide. Carvin’s good friend, Jordan Davis, is a Crimson Tide commit, which is another knock against the Vols. Carvin will be taking an official visit to Arkansas this fall, which means another SEC team the Vols are up against.
- 4-star OLB Richard Jibunor, Athens, Ga.: Richard Jibunor had a 1-on-1 interview with SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk, and the linebacker made it clear who his top-2 teams are going forward: Tennessee and Auburn. Tennessee will take on one more linebacker this class, either Anderson or Jibunor. The Vols don’t appear to be in the lead for either at the moment, but they are within striking distance. When schools are close and it comes down to the wire in recruiting, anything can happen.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 2 (Martinez, Penix)
- RB: 2 (Dixon, Grant)
- TE: 1 (Warren)
- WR: 3 (Taylor, Harris, Jacques-Louis)
- OL: 3 (Mays, Lane, Antonutti)
- DL: 5 (Lawless, Litaker, Emerson, Gerald, Chatman)
- LB: 1 (Flint)
- CB: 3 (Ingle, Cross, Horn)
- S: 2 (Harris, Dean)
- P: 1 (Brooks)
Here’s a breakdown of Tennessee’s commits by state:
- Tennessee: 9 (Mays, Emerson, Litaker, Lawless, Taylor, Antonutti, Lane, Harris, Warren)
- Georgia: 6 (Dean, Dixon, Grant, Harris, Chatman, Horn)
- Florida: 4 (Penix, Ingle, Cross, Jacques-Louis)
- California: 2 (Martinez, Gerald)
- Alabama: 1 (Flint)
- South Carolina: 1 (Brooks)