Tennessee received a commitment over the weekend from in-state prospect Tanner Antonutti.
The commitment impacts what Tennessee will try to do in the remainder of the recruiting process.
STAYING HOME!🍊 pic.twitter.com/XW7IZaHzuI
— Tanner Antonutti (@TannerAntonutti) July 30, 2017
With 18 commitments in the Class of 2018, the Vols’ flexibility in taking prospects has begun to shrink. Antonutti’s future position will determine a lot going forward.
Which position will Tanner Antonutti play?
The 6-foot-5, 259-pound prospect plays tight end and offensive line for Ensworth High School in Nashville.
Antonutti shows soft hands catching the ball above. However, it doesn’t look like he has enough speed to play tight end in college. There’s a good base of ability to play on the line, though.
Antonutti’s highlights from the tackle position stand out just as much. He clings to defensive ends and pushes them out of the frame on regular occasion.
If Antonutti projects as a tackle, then he joins fellow offensive line commits Cade Mays and Ollie Lane.
Tennessee could push for one more offensive line commit this cycle. Memphis area native Jerome Carvin might be a prime candidate if there is a spot available.
Carvin’s decision appears to be between the Vols and Alabama.
Tennessee will continue searching for another tight end this cycle as well if Antonutti indeed projects as a lineman.
Knoxville native Jacob Warren committed to Tennessee and will play tight end.
The Vols have pursued Tommy Tremble and James Mitchell for the last tight end spot.
In-state recruiting remains strong
Antonutti’s commitment also indicates that coach Butch Jones’ in-state recruiting efforts have proven successful.
Half of the Class of 2018 comes from the Volunteer State, and all three linemen play in Tennessee. Six of those players are ranked among the top 9 prospects in the state, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and Tennessee is still pursuing Carvin, who is ranked No. 10.