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Shocky Jacques-Louis sends Vols a message
I projected the 2018 offensive recruiting class for Tennessee on Monday, and the toughest pick I had to make was the next receiver the Vols will take.
The decision might be easier after a Tuesday tweet by target Shocky Jacques-Louis, though.
— Shocky Jacques-louis (@ShockyMVP) August 15, 2017
Jacques-Louis changed his Twitter picture to a cartoon of himself in a Tennessee jersey. He has considered the Vols since his de-commitment from Kentucky earlier in the summer.
Kentucky has remained on his final list along with Missouri, Michigan and Pitt.
It appears Jacques-Louis is leaning towards the Vols now.
Jacques-Louis ranks as the No. 704 best prospect in the Class of 2018 and the No. 118 wide receiver, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
I had Tennessee taking Jeshaun Jones as its last wide receiver in the class, and I think I’m sticking with that for the time being.
Jones rates as a 3-star prospect and the No. 148 wide receiver in the class.
Multiple commits have said Jones is a player they have begun to peer recruit the last few months.
I’m not sure who is higher on Tennessee’s board, but it seems like Jacques-Louis is all-in on the Vols at the moment.
Tennessee might be holding off on taking Jacques-Louis, or possibly both, until the class comes a bit more into focus. I still think the Vols will take one more wide receiver and these are the likeliest two options.
Azeez Ojulari makes his decision
I detailed Tennessee’s chances to land the commitment from defensive end Azeez Ojulari last Thursday. A week later, Ojulari will make his today.
The Vols don’t stand much of a chance when Ojulari announces Thursday, however — he will likely end up playing at Georgia.
But Tennessee got a big surprise a few weeks ago from safety commit Trey Dean, so there is hope.
Ojulari’s commitment would give Tennessee its best defensive line recruiting class of all-time.
Ojulari rates as a 4-star prospect and the No. 138 player in his class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
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