Recruiting in the second week of April was more defined by the player Tennessee didn’t get than who it did get.
The top quarterback prospect for the Volunteers once was Sam Howell. He committed to Florida State on Tuesday. It seemed like Clemson would be the destination for Howell (Sun Valley/Monroe, N.C.) and that’s why the coaching staff backed off a bit. Florida State likely would have been an easier adversary to overtake in Howell’s recruitment.
Tennessee is still shuffling its recruiting board, trying to figure out which prospect is the best fit for the 2019 class.
With that in mind, here is a look at where things stand for the Vols’ Class of 2019:
Where Tennessee’s class ranks
The 247Sports composite ranks the Volunteers’ 2019 class as No. 25 in the nation and No. 9 in the SEC.
Tennessee is recruiting New Orleans quarterback Lance LeGendre as hard as anyone else at the position.
Top offensive line target Wanya Morris has been receiving a big push from Auburn. Tennessee likely remains the leader, but the gap appears to be narrowing.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- Vols recruiting: Latest developments in 4-star Wanya Morris’ recruitment
- Future Tennessee quarterback? Vols continue talking with Kansas commit Lance LeGendre quite a bit
- Where Vols might turn for quarterback in 2019 class
- In-state prospect Omari Thomas on Tennessee staff: ‘They are trying to do something special’
- What to make of Florida State taking another prospect Vols wanted
- Tennessee 4-star QB target Sam Howell commits to Florida State
- Tennessee CB target Jaydon Hill explains why he’ll revisit Knoxville soon
- Playmaking 4-star S Nehki Meredith impressed by Tennessee staff, planning visit this weekend
Offers, by the numbers
- Reported offers: 345
- In-state recruits offered: 23
- Florida recruits offered: 55
- Georgia recruits offered: 57
- Texas recruits offered: 36
- Jackson Lampley, 4-star guard, 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, Nashville, Tenn.
- Te’Cory Couch, 4-star athlete, 5-9, 148 pounds, Hollywood, Fla.
- Darel Middleton, JUCO defensive tackle, 6-6, 285 pounds, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
- Ledarrius Cox, 3-star defensive tackle, 6-4, 305 pounds, Mobile, Ala.
- Jackson Lowe, 3-star tight end, 6-5, 242 pounds, Cartersville, Ga.
Top uncommitted targets
- 4-star tackle Wanya Morris, Loganville, Ga.: The coaching staff has put in a lot of effort with Morris. He cut his list to Tennessee and Auburn in March. He could announce his decision soon, and the Vols are trending in the right direction. Pair him with Lampley, and it’s the start of a solid offensive line. Auburn is making a big push, but Tennessee is likely still leading in this one.
- 4-star wide receiver Lance Wilhoite, Nashville, Tenn.: Pruitt and his staff are building a relationship Butch Jones couldn’t create, but the Vols still are behind. Wilhoite is the No. 1 prospect from the Volunteer State, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s been made one of the top priorities in the class. He’s visiting campus Friday on the way to Clemson, and that will be an important chance to impress the sought-after wideout.
- 4-star safety Jaylen McCollough, Powder Springs, Ga.: Jaylen McCollough has visited Alabama more than any other school. The Crimson Tide would appear to be the clear favorite, but they might not be so keen on him. His 4.7 40-time has Alabama holding back a bit. Tennessee and South Carolina are trying to swoop in and land the talented defensive back.
Here is a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- TE: 1 (Lowe)
- OL: 1 (Lampley)
- DL: 2 (Cox, Middleton)
- ATH: 1 (Couch)
Here is a breakdown of Tennessee’s commits by state:
- Tennessee: 2 (Lampley, Middleton)
- Georgia: 1 (Lowe)
- Florida: 1 (Couch)
- Alabama: 1 (Cox)