The final countdown is here. With less than a week until National Signing Day, the most important names are rising to the top. Many of those top targets will be in town this weekend.
Here are five questions that were asked by Tennessee fans in this week’s mailbag:
Can Tennessee land Derrick Brown?
Before a recent visit to Lanier High School (Buford, Ga.), I didn’t think the Vols had much of a chance to land the No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation and the top prospect in Georgia. However, after visiting with the five-star prospect, I genuinely believe he is unsure where he’ll end up. First-year UGA coach Kirby Smart put on the hard press when he used a helicopter to visit Lanier on Thursday. Still, the Vols seem to be in the running.
What are Tennessee’s chances with Nigel Warrior?
This is another recruiting battle in which I didn’t like the Vols’ chances until recently. Now, I feel a bit differently. I still think the four-star safety from Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.) is truly struggling with his decision. Any indecision is good for the Vols, who have long been thought to be trailing. Warrior declined to talk to SEC Country about the Vols on Wednesday. However, his mother has said Warrior’s legacy to Tennessee will be a factor. Warrior’s father, former Tennessee safety Dale Carter, was a fan favorite when he played for the Vols in the early 1990’s.
Which highly-rated, undecided prospect will the Vols most likely end up with?
I’ll go with Landon Dickerson from South Caldwell High School (Hudson, N.C.) Dickerson has visited Tennessee’s campus multiple times. He wants to stay close to home and major in engineering. The Vols can take care of all of that. However, his recent official visit to Alabama last weekend was a bit disconcerting, via this tweet shortly after his official visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
I should've visited Alabama sooner. ?
— Landon Dickerson (@Landon_2012) January 24, 2016
What do you make of Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop asking for support?
Well, as long as Shoop doesn’t mention any prospects’ names, I have no problem with it. Clearly, if the Vols can land top junior college defensive end prospect Jonathan Kongbo, it’s worth any amount of effort on social media. Here is Shoop’s call to action:
Just touched down in Arizona. Orangeswarm is on a mission to change the game. We need your help VolNation! It's 3rd Down. Make some Noise!
— Bob Shoop (@UTCoachBobShoop) January 28, 2016
The simple fact is social media is a tool that can help coaches recruit. There’s no changing that, so why not use it?
What’s the best ranking the Vols can hope for?
First, it’s completely unfair to judge the Vols based on their overall ranking. They just didn’t have enough scholarship offers to dole out in order to nab a high ranking. Still, a top 15 class is fair for fans to expect. The Vols currently sit at No. 20 with 17 commitments. This class should make a jump before National Signing Day.