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Tennessee has not taken more than two running backs in any class under coach Butch Jones.
DeMarcus Townsend from Naples, Fla., announced his top eight on Wednesday, and the Vols made the list.
— DeMarcus Townsend (@DTownsend21) August 9, 2017
Tennessee made the list with Arkansas, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Baylor, Toledo and Florida International.
Townsend rates as a 3-star prospect and ranks as the No. 44 running back in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Would the Vols take another running back this cycle, or is this an insurance policy in case one of the current commits flips to another school?
I doubt the Vols would take a third running back this class. Jones has never done it and the Vols have three freshman running backs right now in Ty Chandler, Tim Jordan and Trey Coleman.
Dixon seems to have risen on Clemson’s list recently with the Tigers offering a scholarship last month. Dixon took an unofficial visit to Clemson on July 21.
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The 5-foot-10, 178-pound Dixon did visit Tennessee on July 29 for the first preseason practice.
Dixon seems solidly committed to the Vols, but Clemson’s presence could be enough for the coaching staff to keep Townsend around as an option.
The only running back the Vols would make room for no matter what would be junior college transfer B.J. Emmons.
Emmons transferred from Alabama this past offseason and has enrolled at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
He likely will be heavily pursued by most Power 5 programs, including Tennessee.
Emmons remains a long shot, though.
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