As August began, I laid out three goals I thought Tennessee needed to accomplish this month on the recruiting trail.
With the month coming to a close, the Vols have done pretty well in addressing what I thought their to-do list should be — and actually did even more on the recruiting trail than I thought they would.
Let’s see how my August to-do list worked out:
Find a linebacker
Tennessee pulled this off at the very beginning of the month, with Flint committing to the Vols on Aug. 2.
The speedy linebacker from Gurley, Ala., was clocked with a 4.57-second time in the 40-yard dash at an Opening camp during the summer.
Tennessee planned to only take one linebacker in the Class of 2018 and the Vols have an interesting piece in Flint going forward.
Flint rates as a 3-star prospect and the No. 42 outside linebacker in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
The Vols will continue to recruit Rome, Ga., native Adam Anderson, though. The 247Sports composite rates him the No. 2 outside linebacker in the class.
Anderson appears to be Georgia’s to lose at the moment. He does have a friendship with his teammate and Tennessee commit Jamarcus Chatman, however.
As long as Chatman stays firmly committed to the Vols, then the chance remains Anderson could end up on Rocky Top.
Find a second tight end
Tennessee moved away from this idea.
The Vols have 23 commitments for 2018 right now and won’t be taking on another tight end unless players begin to de-commit.
The Vols have one commitment at tight end right now in Jacob Warren, and seem content to keep it that way.
Continue pursuit of CB Jaycee Horn
Tennessee comes away the big winner in the Horn recruitment. Considering Tennessee, South Carolina and Alabama, the 4-star prospect and top-25 corner chose the Vols.
Horn is the third blue-chip secondary prospect with a pledge to the Vols, joining safeties Trey Dean and Brendon Harris.
Horn plans to still take his official visits this fall, but says he will be at Tennessee when it is all said and done.
Overall, it was a great recruiting month for the Vols, who must now focus on holding all of the commitments going forward.
If the Vols can keep these class together and suffer few de-commitments, this might be coach Butch Jones’ best class with Tennessee.