KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — One of the best players in the Volunteer State committed to Tennessee a little over a month ago.
Defensive end Greg Emerson planned to wait until December to make his final decision. After he suffered a left ankle injury at The Opening, he decided to to wait no longer.
Emerson hasn’t wavered in his decision even though he committed months before his originally-scheduled time frame.
Other teams continue contacting Emerson, but he told SEC Country that Tennessee is where he will play next fall.
“It’s wonderful,” Emerson said. “It’s where I want to be at most definitely. The other schools haven’t stopped hitting me up, but it feels good to finally settle down somewhere.”
Tennessee commit Cade Mays has been vocal about his belief the Vols’ Class of 2018 will rank as the No. 1 class in the country on signing day.
Emerson rates as a 4-star prospect and the fourth-best defensive tackle in the Class of 2018.
The class sits atop the SEC and No. 6 nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Emerson believes Mays’ prediction will come true.
“Because Tennessee is just the place to be,” Emerson said. “It’s home, to most of the commits anyways.”
Nine of the current 18 commits come from the Volunteer State. Mays and Emerson rank as the two best players in the state.
Emerson also said the future appears bright for the Vols because of the strong recruiting class coach Butch Jones has assembled.
“You got to think, it’s a program in the making with top talent prospects,” Emerson said. “It’s been a ride.”
Emerson is undergoing physical therapy and plans to be out of his ankle boot on Friday.