Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. In this edition, we discuss how Matthew Flint’s commitment to Tennessee changes things for the Vols.
The linebacker situation
I wrote about Tennessee’s need to secure a linebacker commitment in my August recruiting to-do list for the Vols.
After two days into the month, Tennessee has accomplished exactly that with the commitment from Matthew Flint.
Flint’s future role with Tennessee’s defense looks to be at the “spur” linebacker position. The spur position in defensive coordinator Bob Shoop’s defense is a linebacker/safety hybrid.
Flint is listed at 6-foot, 213 pounds (I don’t believe he weighs that much) and seems like he’ll fit into that role nicely. He was timed running a 4.57-second 40-yard dash.
This also leaves the door open for a more prototypical linebacker prospect.
I still believe Rome, Ga., native Adam Anderson is the dream pick up for the Tennessee coaching staff.
Anderson committed to LSU at the Tigers’ spring game in April, but he has since de-committed and cut LSU out of his recruitment.
The Vols remain very much in play because of the commitment for Jamarcus Chatman to Tennessee. Chatman and Anderson are teammates at Rome High School and good friends.
The 6-4, 214 linebacker said after his visit to Tennessee’s camp it has “always been the plan” to play college football with Chatman.
Georgia is probably the odds on favorite right now to land Anderson, but coach Butch Jones and company won’t stop recruiting him. As long as Chatman remains committed to Tennessee, the Vols will be alive in the recruitment.
What about other linebackers
This might have the biggest impact on Cam Jones.
The Cordova, Tenn., native had trended towards the Vols for a while.
Jones may be on the outside looking in after Flint’s commitment, though. This will probably come down to where Anderson decides to go.
If Anderson chooses the Vols, Jones will probably be searching for another school. If Anderson goes elsewhere, well Jones will probably be wearing orange and white next fall.
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