KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee commit Greg Emerson’s comeback might be right around the corner.
Emerson, the No. 75 overall prospect in 2018 per the 247Sports composite, suffered a dislocated left ankle and fractured fibula during The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Ore., on July 2 and is working his way back to health.
The defensive end told SEC Country on Monday that the ankle is feeling good and his walking boot is in its final days.
“Aug. 11 is the day I start walking again,” Emerson said.
Emerson also began the physical therapy portion of his rehab Tuesday.
“Just to exercise my ankle,” Emerson said. “They are basically just trying to get the motion that it used to have and trying to get that swelling down. Most of the swelling is already gone.
“It’s the swelling that’s on top of the foot. It’s going down, but it’s going down slowly.”
North Side High (Jackson, Tenn.) began training camp at the end of June without Emerson on the practice field.
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Emerson, a 4-star recruiting prospect and the No. 2-rated prospect in the state according to 247Sports, has done his best to lead the team from the sideline.
“It’s tough, trust me,” Emerson said. “It’s a job. We’re getting through it and you’ve got to coach them up every now and then.”
Emerson even played the role as practice DJ at a recent practice, Michael Odom of The Jackson Sun reported.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound defense end committed to the Vols two days after he suffered his ankle injury.
Tennessee’s 2018 recruiting class holds 18 commitments and ranks as the best in the SEC and seventh in the nation. Emerson is one of nine Tennessee natives in the class.
Brant Lawless, D’Andre Litaker, Dorian Gerald and Jamarcus Chatman join Emerson as the Vols’ five commits on the defensive line.