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Tennessee has successfully flipped one LSU commit in the 2018 cycle and the Vols are pursuing a second.
LSU received commitments from teammates and friends Ja’Quon Griffin, Jamarcus Chatman and Adam Anderson at the Tigers ‘spring game in April. The trio plays defense for Rome (Ga.) High School.
Chatman and Anderson have since de-committed with Chatman joining Tennessee’s class. Griffin is holding true to his LSU commitment.
Tennessee offered Griffin a scholarship in June and has kept in touch with the defensive lineman. Griffin told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman that LSU’s contact has begun to dip.
Tennessee will keep trying to unseat LSU, along with Appalachian State.
“It’s not the same as it always was,” Griffin said of LSU’s interest. “Appalachian State is really focusing on me. They say that I’m their No. 1 prospect. [Tennessee] is trying to get me and Adam to join [Chatman], but I’ve got to see how much interest they’ve got in me.”
Tennessee has commitments from five defensive linemen in the class, but seem open to the prospect of taking one more.
Griffin said he’s keeping his recruitment open, which keeps Tennessee in play because of Chatman.
“I’m not shutting it down,” Griffin said. “LSU is a marquee offer, but I’ve got to look at the depth chart to see if I can come in and if somebody from next year is about to be a senior and I can learn [from] them, and when I’m ready to come in and have a hell of a season.
“Jamarcus also talks to me every day about trying to flip, but I’m really focused on LSU and what they have to offer me.”
The importance of the continued pursuit of Griffin might not be so much about him, but his other teammate, Anderson, who remains uncommitted.
Anderson rates as 4-star prospect and the No. 2 outside linebacker in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
If the Vols held commitments from Chatman and Griffin, then Anderson would have to consider the Rocky Top even more. Anderson and Chatman visited Tennessee together in July.
The three like the idea of playing together, and Tennessee is the only school all three are considering.
If Griffin does flip from LSU, keep a close eye on Anderson.
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