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The Vols impress Kayode Oladele
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee held its final camp of the summer on Thursday.
Although the Volunteers have commitments from five defensive lineman in the Class of 2018 – Brant Lawless, D’Andre Litaker, Jamarcus Chatman, Greg Emerson and Dorian Gerald – that has not swayed strongside defensive end Kayode Oladele (Champagnat Catholic-Hialeah/Miami) from considering the Vols.
Oladele attended Tennessee’s camp Thursday and said he enjoyed his time with the coaching staff.
Oladele will not release his top 5 until midway through his senior season or possibly toward the end. He said he considers Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia, Miami, Florida State and Mississippi State as his top contenders.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end said he plans to be back in Knoxville for a game this fall.
“Yeah, for sure,” Oladele said.
Defensive line coach Brady Hoke made an impression.
“I like coach Hoke and I like the stadium,” Oladele said. “It’s a really big stadium. It would be nice to play in this kind of stadium with all the fans cheering for you.”
No Jaycee Horn?
Cornerback Jaycee Horn (Alpharetta, Ga.) was a noticeable absence from the camp.
The cornerback had planned to come but he never made it to campus. He recently cut the Vols out of his top 2, in favor of Alabama and South Carolina.
Tennessee’s coaching staff continued to recruit Horn, though. The staff must have made some progress in the recruitment since Horn announced on Twitter he will be in Knoxville Saturday, following an Alabama visit.
— JUNGLE BOY 🦍 (@jayceehorn_10) July 21, 2017
Horn is a 4-star prospect and ranks as the No. 23 cornerback in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Class of 2018 Tennessee commits Alontae Taylor and Tanner Ingle attended the camp and the two matched up, with Ingle playing cornerback and Taylor at wide receiver. The two wanted to get a feel for competing against each other.
“I won three reps,” Taylor said. “I just like to compete and just have fun with it.”
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