Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. In this edition, we discuss if Tennessee stands a chance with linebacker Adam Anderson and the Vols making the top 6 list for defensive end Madison Norris.
Tennessee makes Georgia LB’s top 5
The No. 1-ranked outside linebacker in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, recently cut down his list to five schools, and Tennessee made the cut.
my top 5 not in any order Giving each one another look before my final commitment.
— Adam Anderson (@AdanAnderson5) July 11, 2017
Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson released his top 5 of the Vols, Alabama, Florida, Clemson and Georgia. A very impressive list and couple the fact he de-committed from LSU earlier in July, Anderson could choose any school in the country to represent on the football field.
The 4-star linebacker ranks as the No. 37 prospect in the class and No. 7 in the state of Georgia.
The leaning for Anderson seems to be Georgia. Ninety-three precent of the crystal ball predictions on 247Sports have him going to the Bulldogs. Tennessee has one interesting leg up on the competition, though.
Anderson’s teammate, Jamarcus Chatman, committed to LSU with Anderson at the Tigers’ spring game in April along with another teammate, Ja’Quon Griffin. The trio plays on the defensive front for Rome High School and appeared to be a package deal in April.
The idea of all three playing together has cooled a bit recently, but they remain friends and will still play football together this fall.
Why is that important?
Chatman recently committed to the Vols and has been pretty vocal about his love for Tennessee since his de-commitment from LSU in June.
Chatman and Anderson will share a huddle together this fall and Chatman will have many chances to say positive things about the Vols. He already took to Twitter to pump up Tennessee to Anderson.
— Jamarcus Chatman (@ChatmanJamarcus) July 11, 2017
Tennessee’s Class of 2018 currently holds 17 commitments, with eight playing on the defensive side of the ball. The class ranks as the SEC’s best and No. 3 in the country.
With few spots left in the cycle, the Vols will be selective in their remaining offers, but a player of Anderson’s caliber can always create a little wiggle room.
The Vols have been pursuing linebackers and will likely take at least one this cycle if possible. Memphis (Tenn.) product Cam Jones has received attention from the Tennessee coaching staff and the Vols seem to be in good position for him.
Expect the Vols coaching staff to continue pursuing Jones and especially Anderson. Anderson would become one of the best players in Tennessee’s already loaded class.
The Vols make top 6 for Indiana defensive end
Tennessee currently holds commitments from five defensive linemen in this class — Chatman, Brant Lawless, D’Andre Litaker, Greg Emerson and Dorian Gerald — and defensive end Madison Norris still has the Vols in his top 6.
My top 6❗️ all glory to god🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/CqSWh0dPqO
— Madison Norris (@Madisonnorris98) July 8, 2017
Along with Tennessee, Missouri made the cut as the only other SEC school Norris will consider going forward. Rutgers, Purdue, Cincinnati and Indiana round out Norris’ list.
Indiana receives all three crystal ball predictions for Norris, at the moment. Vols coaches Walt Wells and Brady Hoke, however, have shown the ability to connect with defensive lineman. If Norris moves up the priority list for the Vols, I’d suspect Tennessee could muscle into the top spot.
Norris rates as 3-star prospect and ranks as the No. 46 weak-side defensive end and the No. 875 player in the Class of 2018.
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