Tennessee has 23 commits in the Class of 2018, and all are performing pretty well to open their respective high school seasons.
This might become coach Butch Jones’ best recruiting class with the Vols, so it only makes sense the commits would dominate at the prep level.
Here is a roundup of a few performers over this week.
Tight end Jacob Warren
Jacob Warren likely will be the lone tight end signee in the class. He has proven his playmaking skills from the tight end position over three games this season.
Take quarterback commit Adrian Martinez’s tweet for proof.
— Adrian Martinez (@MartinezTheQB) September 1, 2017
Jacob Warren takes it into the inzone! Touchdown is retracted. Still good stuff. pic.twitter.com/P68a5D3a7Q
— Diamond Clear Media (@DCMOpponent) September 1, 2017
The 6-foot-6, 218-pound tight end from Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) High School caught 3 passes for 62 yards in a 33-10 win over Morristown-Hamblen West, per MaxPreps.
Warren’s team does not pass very often, but when it does, Warren usually makes the play.
Farragut has 39 completions this season, and Warren leads the team with 10. He also leads in receiving yards (260) and touchdowns (5).
Warren’s father, James, played in 16 games for the Vols at tackle.
Wide receiver Alontae Taylor
Alontae Taylor has split time at wide receiver and quarterback this season for Coffee County Central High School.
Coffee County uses Taylor at quarterback because it gets the ball in its best athlete’s hands easier and quicker. Taylor plays some wide receiver though, because Tennessee projects the speedster as a wideout.
Coffee County struggled against Blackman High School Friday night and lost 49-14. Taylor had a 46-yard touchdown catch in the second half, though.
Blackman coach David Watson had high praise for Taylor after the game, according to Ryan Jent of the Daily News Journal.
“Alontae is probably the fastest player in our region, but I felt we did a good job flying to him when he had the football,” Watson said.
Defensive end Jamarcus Chatman
Jamarcus Chatman continues to form a strong defensive front for Rome (Ga.) High School along with Tennessee outside linebacker target Adam Anderson.
The defense produced a 56-0 shutout against Drew High School.
Rome won the Class AAAAA state championship last season and looks like the favorite again this season.