KNOXVILLE ,Tenn. — Tennessee football coach Butch Jones is building a wall — recruiting in state, and on his 2018 signing class’ defensive line.
Greg Emerson, the No. 5 defensive tackle in the nation, has made his commitment to play for the Vols public.
Emerson joins fellow defensive linemen D’Andre Litaker (6-foot-2, 302 pounds), Brant Lawless (6-3, 285) and Jamarcus Chatman (6-3, 270) in what is fast becoming the most fearsome future foursome in the nation.
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) July 4, 2017
Emerson said his decision to announce Tennessee as his school of choice had everything to do with the relationships he built with Jones and the Vols’ staff.
“It’s not because it’s the home-state school — more the way they recruited me,” Emerson told 247Sports. “How they made me feel when I went there. …. I’ve built a good relationship with coach [Walt] Wells and coach [Brady] Hoke.”
Wells recruits the middle Tennessee region, while Hoke is a renowned recruiter who signed and developed several NFL defensive linemen at Michigan.
The 6-3, 296-pound Emerson chose Tennessee over Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson, among several others, on Monday.
Tennessee has six of the top nine ranked prospects in the Volunteer State, and eight of the 16 commits are in-state products.