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Vols change stance with OT Tanner Antonutti
Tennessee received a commitment on Saturday from Nashville prospect Tanner Antonutti.
Antonutti confirmed Tennessee recruited him as an offensive tackle and not a tight end.
“After coach Butch Jones really said he was committed to me, I knew that, if he was committed to me, I would commit to him,” Antonutti told 247Sports’ Ryan Callahan. “Once I figured out that they were actually committed to me 100 percent, I made the decision.”
“But then he called me the other day and was like, ‘There’s no grayshirt. You have a full-ride scholarship, no matter who the other recruits are.’”
Jones turned his stance on Antonutti fairly quickly, and in recruiting, those fluid changes are common. But did anything change with another recruit to force Tennessee’s hand?
Cordova, Tenn., native Jerome Carvin has looked at Tennessee and Alabama for a while now.
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Carvin posted a picture of his Alabama shorts to his snapchat story late in July and also included a caption about decisions.
The 3-star offensive tackle’s friend, Jordan Davis, committed to Alabama in December. Since then, he has pushed for Carvin to join him.
Antonutti received a full offer in July. With this transpiring so much before Signing Day means one of two things.
The idea of adding Antonutti to the class grew on Jones over the past few months and he wanted the Nashville native no matter what.
Or the coaching staff feels Carvin might be leaning toward Alabama, and it needed to find another option.
Tennessee could still take four offensive tackles this cycle, and Carvin certainly has the talent to receive a committable offer regardless of his options.
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