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Vols doing just peachy recruiting in Georgia
The Tennessee coaching staff has jumped out on the 2018 recruiting class and the hard work has paid dividends. The Vols’ class ranks No. 6 in the nation and tops in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite team rankings. The class currently holds 23 commitments.
One reason for the high rankings and number of commitments to this point has been the Vols’ ability to reach into Georgia and pluck out top talent. Wide receiver commit Jatavious Harris deserves a lot of credit for this.
Harris has been one of Tennessee’s most effective peer-recruiters in a long time. The biggest get for Harris in the class is cornerback Jaycee Horn.
When Horn cut his list to two with Alabama and South Carolina battling it out, Harris held firm in his prediction he could help convince Horn to come play on Rocky Top.
Harris also helped bring in defensive end commit Jamarcus Chatman. Chatman could play a big role in the future for the Vols, too, because he is teammates with Adam Anderson, the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
I spent this space Monday devoting a lot of words to the importance of Cade Mays to this class for the Vols. He is the lone 5-star in the class and was the first commitment. Mays has placed an importance on bringing in the top talent from the state of Tennessee. The effects of his efforts have been felt with the Vols receiving nine commitments from the Volunteer State.
What Mays has done is important and can’t be understated, but Harris deserves his due in the spotlight, as well.
Tennessee fans have long been choosing who they believe will be the best player in the Class of 2018 commitment haul to the Vols. Will it be the lifelong Tennessee fan Mays; the defensive end from Jackson, Tenn., Gregg Emerson; or the Fresno, Calif., quarterback Adrian Martinez?
Harris might find his way into Vols fan’s hearts once he’s on campus, though. Even if he isn’t rated as the best wide receiver in the class — that position belongs to Alontae Taylor.
Harris rates as 3-star prospect and the No. 114 wide receiver in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
The 6-foot-2, 176-pound wideout has turned heads with his athleticism and vertical abilities on the outside to go up and grab a ball. He showed off his speed with the ball and big play ability on Friday, too.
Harris returned a kick 90 yards for a touchdown and later and reeled in a 12-yard scoring toss in the fourth quarter. He finished with four total touchdowns.
Harris has the size and ability to develop into an important threat for the Vols down the line. Tennessee always seems to have a few 3-star prospects turn into big-time contributors in a short amount of time (think Cam Sutton and Marquez Callaway). Harris could be one of those players.
Two basketball offers
Since Rick Barnes arrived on campus in 2015, Tennessee’s basketball coaching staff has caught some flack about the resistance to out-work other schools on the recruiting trail.
The staff has begun laying the ground work on some younger prospects.
Blessed to receive and offer from the University of Tennessee 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/WvjpZaYZPF
— Zion Harmon (@its_zionharmon) September 10, 2017
Blessed to receive an offer from the university of Tennessee pic.twitter.com/kqnOnqZxkq
— Jaden Springer (@jadenspringer11) September 10, 2017
In the past two days, the Vols have offered Class of 2021 point guard Zion Harmon and Class of 2020 shooting guard Jaden Springer.
Harmon currently has one offer at the moment, from Creighton. The Vols extending his first Power 5 offer should surely pay dividends down the line when his decision day comes closer.
Getting in on Springer might already be too late, though. He rates as a 4-star prospect and the No. 8 shooting guard in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Auburn is the only other SEC school to offer at the moment, however.
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