Tennessee continues to pursue an outside linebacker to add to the Class of 2018.
The Vols received some good news towards the goal Wednesday when Richard Jibunor released his top nine schools.
TOP SCHOOLS. 🙏🏽Commitment coming soon💯👀 pic.twitter.com/ke61Xnu2Zg
— Richard Jibunor (@JibunorRichard) July 26, 2017
Jibunor says in the tweet his decision will come soon. Jibunor lists Tennessee at No. 4, though he says the schools have no order.
Tennessee will battle out the remainder of his recruitment with Auburn, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Louisville and North Carolina.
Auburn appears to be the likely favorite, grabbing all eight of Jibunor’s Crystal Ball projections on 247Sports.
Jibunor, an Athens, Ga. native, rates a 4-star prospect and ranks as the No. 10 athlete in the country.
The Vols have 17 commitments in the Class of 2018, but none at the linebacker position.
Tennessee will continue to pursue Jibunor, but linebackers Cam Jones and Adam Anderson seem to be likelier options.
Jones plays football for Cordova High School in the Memphis, Tenn. area. Coach Butch Jones has shown an ability to grab talented in-state players this cycle. Tennessee has commitments from six of the top nine players from the Volunteer State.
Anderson camped with the Vols last Thursday with his friend and Vols commit Jamarcus Chatman.
The Vols will continue to stay in the hunt as long as Chatman stays in Anderson’s ear.