Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Check out previous editions here. In this edition, we discuss former Tennessee commit Dorian Gerald, Cade Mays and target Jerome Carvin.
Dorian Gerald seems gone for good
Tennessee lost two commitments after coach Butch Jones was fired a week ago. It also had two commits open their recruitments, and it appears that one of those players is now officially out of the fold.
Junior college defensive end Dorian Gerald clarified his recruitment status to Ryan Posner over the weekend. He no longer is committed to Tennessee and is looking elsewhere.
The relationship between Jones and Gerald brought him to Tennessee, and without it the Vols don’t seem like a great option.
“It was kind of a no-brainer, honestly,” Gerald said. “I had such a great relationship with [Jones]. We would talk on the phone every day, and he would send pictures to me on Saturdays of what their stadium looked like.
“Not only did he make me feel comfortable, he made my family feel comfortable.”
It’s back to square one for Gerald. He had been committed since early July. He’s trying to quickly find a new home.
“I remember when I went on my unofficial visit [in June]. My parents felt like they could leave me there that day,” Gerald said. “[Jones] is a genuine guy, and they saw that, too. I knew right away that’s where I wanted to be.
“… In my head, I have to essentially find my new Tennessee.”
Gerald has lived in Columbia, S.C., and I believe the Gamecocks are solid contenders to land him. It took them a while to jump into the recruitment, but that no longer bothers him. South Carolina looms as a likely landing spot if coach Will Muschamp continues the pursuit.
It would be tough for Tennessee fans to watch Gerald try to sack their quarterback the next two seasons.
Tennessee holds commitments on the defensive line from Greg Emerson, Brant Lawless, D’Andre Litaker and Jamarcus Chatman. None of those four likely will look around. Emerson and Litaker missed most of their senior seasons with injuries. Emerson should be ready for spring practice with the Vols, and Litaker likely is looking at a redshirt season.
Defensive end and former Georgia commit Caleb Tannor was in Knoxville over the weekend. Tennessee seems to be moving in a different direction from Gerald.
Cade Mays gets Clemson projection
A former Tennessee commit picked up a Crystal Ball projection for Clemson over the weekend.
Cade Mays took his official visit there last weekend, and by the looks of Twitter, he had a great time.
— Cade Mays (@_mayc2) November 20, 2017
I’ve heard Tennessee isn’t out of the running, though. Jones’ firing actually might have helped the Vols’ chances to land the 5-star tackle.
Georgia is looming as a threat, too. Tennessee has to hope if he isn’t on Rocky Top next season, he’s playing for Clemson. Facing him for the next four years would be a bad look and a constant reminder of what Jones couldn’t pull off.
Jerome Carvin leaning Mississippi State?
Jerome Carvin, a tackle from Cordova, Tenn., has been one of the top priorities for the Vols since the summer.
He’s been slowly trending toward Mississippi State for a few months, though. I’ve heard that the Bulldogs have moved into the lead for him.
Carvin took an official visit to Memphis over the weekend, too. The Tigers have a shot at keeping the tackle at home.
A new coach could turn the tide back to the Vols. The same thing could happen if Dan Mullen leaves Mississippi State. Right now it looks bleak for Tennessee with Carvin.
The Vols have offensive line commitments from Tanner Antonutti and Ollie Lane. Both have potential to develop down the line, but redshirt seasons would help both.
Tennessee had to play a walk-on at center on Saturday against LSU because of depth issues. The team likely will need to bring on two other prospects on the line to give it enough depth heading into next season.
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