Tennessee holds commitments from 23 players for the fourth 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. Cornerback Jaycee Horn will visit South Carolina on Saturday, so things could turn back up a notch soon for the Vols.
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.
The biggest news of the week came when it became known defensive tackle D’Andre Litaker will miss the remainder of his senior season with a torn ACL in his right knee. He tore his other ACL the year prior and tore a ligament in his leg over the summer.
Litaker’s leg issues have been tough to see from afar, and likely have been a huge burden on the young man. I doubt his injury will have any bearing on his commitment status with the Vols.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- Does Tennessee have unique inside track with two premier California prospects?
- Tennessee football mock signing class 2.0 — defense
- Tennessee football mailbag: final number, linebacker targets and surprising 2017 class
- Vols football commit Jatavious Harris deserves more credit as a recruiter, player
- Tennessee football mock signing class 2.0 — offense
- Vols football commit D’Andre Litaker to miss rest of season with torn ACL
- Tennessee commit Cade Mays focused on bringing top in-state prospects to Rocky Top
- Tennessee football hoping family ties helps lure S Joseph Charleston
- Some options for who could be the next Tennessee football commit
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.
4 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 there’s 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.
- 3-star OLB Cam Jones, Cordova, Tenn.: Tennessee had been on Jones, but the interest from the Vols dropped off over the summer. Tennessee has brought the interest back, and Jones could end up being the final defensive commit in the Class of 2018. The question could come down to how much does the lesser contact over the summer weigh on Jones’ mind.
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)