Tennessee filled a couple of needs and signed some prospects with a lot of potential during the early signing period last week.
Defensive end prospect Greg Emerson from Jackson, Tenn., did both for the Vols.
Tennessee struggled to get pressure on the quarterback last season. It also was gashed repeatedly in the running game. The defensive line simply was pushed around way too much.
At 6-foot-3, 275-pounds and the ability to run a 4.6 40-yard dash, Emerson will be a lot for offensive linemen to handle starting next season. He has brute strength which combines with his athleticism to make him an intriguing prospect.
Emerson didn’t play his senior season because of an ankle injury he sustained at The Opening camp in July. He’ll early enroll at Tennessee and expects to be ready for the field when Spring practice begins.
There will likely be some rust to knock off. He also has to work on the small things at the position such as opening his hips and his footwork. The potential to turn into a first round NFL Draft pick is there, though. He just has to unlock it.
Coach Jeremy Pruitt’s defensive background and coaching stops at Alabama, Georgia and Florida State the past years might be exactly what Emerson needs to be groomed.
WMNL’s Josh Ward discusses Emerson on the Tennessee SEC Country Podcast today. He is also joined by junior college signee Jordan Allen to talk about fitting into Pruitt’s system.