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Possibilities of who is next
I’ve gotten a lot of questions the last few weeks about who the Vols might take next in Class of 2018. So I will devote this space to discuss a few realistic options I’ve heard Tennessee is pursuing.
The Vols already have a strong recruiting class for the cycle and will likely finish in the top 10, if not top 5, in the nation when all is said and done. There are currently 23 recruits committed to play on Rocky Top next season, leaving only about two spots — three if someone special commits. But even that would require some gymnastics by the coaching staff to get everyone in the class.
Here are some options for the Vols to fill the last few spots in the recruiting class this cycle.
Cam Jones, 3-star ATH, Cordova (Tenn.)
Cam Jones, could fill a few different positions depending on what the coaching staff wants from him. He will likely play at outside linebacker at the next level, though, with a chance of moving to safety.
Jones rates as a 3-star athlete and ranks as the No. 29 prospect in Tennessee, according to the 247Sports composite.
The Vols have a commitment from Matthew Flint, a linebacker who possesses an interesting set of skills. He was clocked at a 4.5-second 40-yard dash this summer. With Flint, the linebacker position has plenty of potential.
Tennessee has also pursued the option of bringing in outside linebacker Adam Anderson, but he seems likely to end up with Georgia or Alabama at the moment.
Jeshaun Jones, 3-star WR, Fort Myers (Fla.)
Jeshaun Jones would be the fourth receiver in this class. But that isn’t so crazy when looking at the current situation at wide receiver for the Vols — it’s pretty thin. Starter Jauan Jennings is out indefinitely with a dislocated wrist which means the most experienced wide out for the Vols could be Tyler Byrd, who had 15 catches last season.
So, bringing in Alontae Taylor, Jatavious Harris and Shocky Jacques-Louis and possibly another player makes sense.
Multiple Tennessee recruits have said they have begun peer-recruiting Jones in the hopes of bringing him on board for next season.
Jones rates as a 3-star prospect and the No. 148 wide receiver in the class.
Jerome Carvin, 3-star OT, Cordova (Tenn.)
Tennessee has been pursuing one last offensive lineman in this class and Jerome Carvin has seemed to be the likeliest options for a while now.
Carvin ranks as the 10th-best player in the Volunteer State, according to the SEC Country rankings.
Carvin seemed to have Tennessee and Alabama as the favorites in his recruitment until the Crimson Tide pulled off of the pursuit. It looked like the Vols had the commitment locked up, but Mississippi State has closed fast on Carvin.
Anytime a school closes this fast on an up-and-down recruitment anything is possible. And I think the Bulldogs represent a huge dark horse for Carvin at the moment.
Nonetheless, the Vols will continue the recruitment of Carvin until the very end.
Tennessee has offensive line commits from Cade Mays, Ollie Lane and Tanner Antonutti in the cycle so far.
I detailed some higher-profile names the Vols have been looking at the last few months in our most recent weekly mailbag. Carvin was the only player on the list at his position, though.
I think these prospects provide a more realistic view of who could end up on Rocky Top next season. But with the early signing day coming December and the second in February, plenty can happen between now and then.
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