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. Check out previous editions here. In this edition, we discuss Tennessee hosting some intriguing Class of 2019 prospects and the emphasis on the state of Louisiana.
Trio visiting from Louisiana
Tennessee will host Class of 2019 defensive backs Gregory Brooks and Donald Clay along with quarterback Travis Mumphrey. The Louisiana trio will visit Rocky Top and Kentucky over the weekend.
Mumphrey is the only member of that group with a Tennessee offer right now. I suspect that’ll change this weekend, though.
“They’re talking about offering me when I get up there,” Brooks told SEC Country. “So, I want to see what that’s like.
“An offer would mean a lot. I really like them.”
An offer to Clay might not be too far behind, either.
Brooks said he’s excited to see what the Vols have to offer. He said there is just a different feel to the program now that he attributes to one thing.
“The coaching, really,” Brooks said. “I feel like they didn’t have that same intensity before. They are going harder and harder to get some of the top recruits.”
This sentiment has been echoed in the Class of 2018 cycle and now. Tennessee has a different swagger about it to recruits. Whether this translates to a number of top commitments remains to be seen.
All three Louisiana prospects are interesting, though. All have 3-star ratings, but each has the potential to make a leap with strong summer camps and senior seasons.
Brooks is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete who is being recruited as a cornerback. Ole Miss, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Kansas State have recruited him the hardest to this point. He has really good ball skills at cornerback, a position of need this cycle, which is something this coaching staff highly values.
Clay has SEC offers from Arkansas and Kentucky so far. He is a big hitter at the cornerback position.
Mumphrey is a 6-foot, 186-pound dual-threat quarterback. He’ll likely have to decide what he’d rather do — play quarterback at a smaller school or switch positions and play at a higher level.
Wide receiver coach David Johnson will deal a bit with all three prospects. Tennessee brought him to campus to open a pipeline into Louisiana. This is clearly an area coach Jeremy Pruitt wants the Vols to tap into.
The trio will be interesting to watch. Also, it’ll be worth keeping an eye on how much the Vols start to dip their toes in the recruiting waters of Louisiana.
Tennessee hosting grad-transfer quarterback
The Vols will host Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst this weekend, according to Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman.
Chryst doesn’t graduate until June, which would put him behind in learning the offense for the fall.
The coaching staff clearly wants to add another quarterback to the roster. Offensive coordinator Tyson Helton is implementing a pro-style offense that doesn’t really fit Jarrett Guarantano or Will McBride’s skill set.
There is a desire to have someone else competing this fall. The returning quarterbacks have not proven to Helton that they can run the offense.
Tennessee has not sent any offers to grad-transfer quarterbacks. It is keeping its eye on Chryst and former East Carolina quarterback Gardner Minshew.
Tennessee in play for 4-star Derick Hall
In case this was missed Thursday, Tennessee is in pursuit of outside linebacker Derick Hall.
Hall is a 6-4 outside linebacker with great athleticism. His 6-8 wingspan makes him an incredibly intriguing prospect.
Pruitt wants to sign big, athletic defenders who are aggressive when it comes to pressuring the quarterback and getting the football.
Hall told SEC Country his best attribute is rushing the passer off the edge.
The Gulfport, Miss., native fits the profile Pruitt wants at the position. I suspect it won’t be easy to pull him out of the Magnolia State, but Hall is the kind of prospect worth going all out to get.
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