KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — We’re days into the NCAA-mandated dead period, but it’s hardly been a slow week in recruiting for Tennessee.
The Vols also missed on 3-star junior college cornerback Keisean Nixon, who committed to South Carolina on Wednesday.
Again, what dead period?
While coaches can’t contact prospects in person until Jan. 12, the Vols are hoping to add a few more commits before New Year’s Eve.
With 25 commits already in the bag, here’s a quick reset of Tennessee’s recruiting class.
Who has taken official visits?
Tennessee has hosted 13 official visitors so far this fall.
* CB Lamont Wade ★★★★★ (Will announce a decision on Dec. 17)
* CB Christopher Henderson ★★★★
* WR D.J. Matthews ★★★★ (Florida State commit)
* OT Jerry Drake Jr. ★★★
* DE Jonathan Garvin ★★★ (Miami commit)
* DE Deandre Johnson ★★★ (Tennessee commit)
* LB Shanon Reid ★★★ (Tennessee commit)
* RB Darian Felix ★★★
* OT Trey Smith ★★★★★ (Tennessee commit)
* OT Riley Locklear ★★★ (Tennessee commit)
* RB Isaiah Miller ★★★ (committed to Missouri on Dec. 12)
* CB Keisean Nixon ★★★ (committed to South Carolina on Dec. 14)
* QB Will McBride ★★★ (Tennessee commit)
Who has official visits scheduled?
The majority of Tennessee commits have not taken their official visits, and most of the recruits (guys like Cheyenne Labruzza, Theo Jackson, Solon Page III, Maleik Gray, Trey Coleman, Princeton Fant, Jacquez Jones, James Brown, K’Rojhn Calbert, Jaquan Henderson have all confirmed the date to SEC County) will make the trip the weekend of Jan. 20.
Also, 4-star offensive guard T.J. Moore tentatively plans to OV to Tennessee that weekend, too.
As for uncommitted guys visiting the Vols, 4-star defensive end LaBryan Ray could take a trip when the dead period ends. The same can be said for 4-star running back Travis Etienne.
While 3-star cornerback Yusuf Corker (Dec. 26) and 3-star defensive end Matthew Butler (Dec. 21) both plan to announce decisions this month, the two recruits could still take their official visits to Tennessee sometime in January.
Who will enroll early?
Tennessee currently has five commits who plan to start school on Jan. 8.
* OT Trey Smith (University School)
* LB Shanon Reid (Dunbar High, Fla.)
* OT Riley Locklear (Spring Valley High, W.Va.)
* DE Deandre Johnson (Miami Southridge High, Fla.)
* QB Will McBride (Clear Springs High, Texas)
Are any commits wavering?
Not really. Most of Tennessee’s commits are solid, starting with the five firm early enrollees.
That leaves 20 recruits the Vols must hold onto until National Signing Day. Things are obviously subject to change, especially with the likelihood of staff changes over the next month.
Still, guys like Calbert, Page, Jackson, Eric Crosby and others aren’t going anywhere.
But there’s a handful of commits to keep an eye on over the next six weeks. They are …
* CB Cheyenne Labruzza — The Albany (La.) High product loves Tennessee, but if the home-state LSU Tigers make a full-court press for the underrated corner then a flip could be in-store.
* WR Jordan Murphy — The Hattiesburg (Miss.) impressed at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game last week and he continues to hear from several SEC West schools.
* LB Jaquan Henderson — The Newton (Ga.) linebacker has already taken official visits to Michigan State, Nebraska and Indiana. Tennessee wants to hold onto Henderson and his OV with his family in late January will be huge.
* LB Will Ignont — The Buckhorn (Ala.) product told SEC Country he’s 110-percent committed to Tennessee, but he still plans to take an OV to LSU in January. The Tigers were once his dream school and his family originally hailed from Louisiana.
* S Maleik Gray — The LaVergne standout has been among Tennessee’s most active prospect-recruiters on the trail, but Gray will likely take a visit to FSU in January — and the ‘Noles were formally his top school before he committed to the Vols.