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. In this edition, we discuss where Tennessee is looking to fill the linebacker position in the Class of 2018 and Alontae Taylor’s number in orange.
Who will be the linebacker Tennessee takes?
The Vols have one helpful factor at play, though, in Anderson’s teammate and friend, Jamarcus Chatman. Thoughts of a possible package deal have surrounded the teammates along with teammate Ja’Quon Griffin, a defensive lineman.
The Vols still have a way to go to sway one of the top linebackers in the country, though.
So, who are some other linebackers the Vols might be recruiting?
Memphis native Cam Jones has been one of the main targets. Jones rates as a 3-star athlete and ranks as the No. 30 prospect in the state of Tennessee, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Jones most likely projects as a linebacker at the college level.
Jones named his top 5 of the Vols, Memphis, Indiana, Mississippi State and Missouri in June.
He took to Twitter this week about his desire to commit soon:
i wanna commit 🎈💪🏽
— Cam Jones🐐 (@KingCam_1) July 12, 2017
Only three Crystal Ball projections on 247Sports have been made for Jones, but Tennessee has all three of the projections so far.
Tennessee appears to be in good position for the projected linebacker whenever he decides to make his commitment.
Tennessee continues to pursue Keshon Artis as another linebacker option.
Artis rates as 4-star prospect by 247Sports and ranks as the No. 21 inside linebacker in the Class of 2018.
Artis announced his top 8 list earlier in July with the Vols making the list along with Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Missouri, Duke, Syracuse and Virginia Tech. The Hokies have all three Crystal Ball projections for Artis at the moment.
The Virginia native might trend toward Virginia Tech, but Artis took to Twitter this week and offered some hope to Vols fans:
— Keshon Artis® (@asvp_ke) July 13, 2017
Artis then retweeted Vols commit Jatavious Harris’ tweet soon after.
Come join us dawg💯 https://t.co/kdVe9gkCAm
— VIII (@screamtaaye) July 13, 2017
Harris jumping in and recruiting Artis could potentially give the Vols a nice boost. The wide receiver commit has proven to be quite the recruiter for Tennessee.
Harris has helped bring back the possibility of cornerback Jaycee Horn committing to Tennessee. Horn cut out the Vols from his top 2 but now seems to be considering Tennessee once again.
Commit possibly receives his future number
Tennessee wide receiver commit Alontae Taylor tweeted out this week he had received his number for the Vols.
The tweet included a picture of Taylor’s last name on an orange jersey. He said his future number will be No. 6. The in-state prospect committed to the Vols more than a year ago. He didn’t dismiss the prospect of possibly visiting Georgia at some point, though.
Taylor wore No. 6 in at Coffee Country Central High School.
He has since deleted the tweet.
Taylor plays quarterback for his high school team but will line up at wide receiver at the college level.
Taylor rates as a 4-star wide receiver and the No. 4 prospect from the Volunteer State in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot, 182-pound future wide receiver said he plans to sign with Tennessee on Dec. 22.
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