Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Check out previous editions here. In this edition, we discuss new Tennessee commit Shocky Jacques-Louis and what he brings to the Vols.
Shocky Jacques-Louis: The prospect
Wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis’ recruitment took many twists and turns before ultimately ending up with Tennessee. He committed to Kentucky in April then de-committed over the summer in June.
The Wildcats stayed in the running and made Jacques-Louis’ top 5 along with Tennessee, Missouri, Pitt and Michigan.
The Fort Myers, Fla., product committed to the Vols Monday night and became commitment No. 22 in the Class of 2018.
Shocky Jacques-Louis: The skill set
The hudl video reveals a number of attributes about Jacques-Louis.
First of all, Jacques-Louis possess some real speed. It’s obvious any time he gets the ball in open space, the burners come on. Jacques-Louis makes a lot of his highlights by returning kicks.
Dunbar High School tries to create situations with Jacques-Louis moving forward with the ball in space. The wide receiver screen early in the video is a perfect example.
Jacques-Louis doesn’t do much route running though, and that may be an area of concern. He might have route running skill sets, but possibly not the quarterback talent surrounding him to show it off. It will likely be a point of emphasis for him to work on once on campus.
Shocky Jacques-Louis: The immediate impact
Jacques-Louis likely will have to wait a year or two before playing meaningful snaps on Saturday for the Vols. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver will have a lot of competition at the position when he comes on campus.
The positive for Jacques-Louis, thoug,h is the current wide receivers have not quite proven themselves as reliable options. At least not yet.
Players such as Tyler Byrd, Brandon Johnson and Josh Palmer will receive opportunities this upcoming season to prove themselves. If they fail to prove to be playmakers, Jacques-Louis’ path to playing time might not be as difficult as imagined.
The recruiting at wide receiver
Jacques-Louis joins Alontae Taylor and Jatavious Harris as the wide receivers coming to Rocky Top this cycle.
The Vols likely will not take another wide receiver in the class, unless something changes right before National Signing Day.
With 22 commits now on board, Tennessee will tighten up who it recruits from here on out and start focusing more on the Class of 2019.
The Vols’ current class ranks No. 6 in the country and the best in the SEC, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
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