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Tennessee is still pursuing many top prospects across the country, and none may be more important than wide receiver Jacob Copeland.

Who is Tennessee’s most important recruiting target?

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I would say Tennessee has two targets who stand above the rest. The Vols are in good position for wide receiver Jacob Copeland and cornerback Olaijah Griffin, which makes them very important.

Coach Jeremy Pruitt has come in aiming high in the recruiting game. It’s an encouraging move, but this late in the recruiting cycle it would be impossible to reel in all the targets.

That’s why it is important to land top prospects who are highly interested in Tennessee.

Copeland is a playmaker, which the Vols badly need at wide receiver. The Pensacola, Fla., native is a 4-star prospect and ranks as the No. 9 wide receiver in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

He had very little interest in Tennessee before Pruitt came. Now, the Vols are in the thick of the race with Alabama.

Tennessee struggled to produce big plays last season from the wide receiver group. Marquez Callaway has some raw ability, but he needs to work on his route running. If Jauan Jennings is reinstated, he’ll provide another weapon. Brandon Johnson is a solid player but won’t break too many big plays in a season.

Copeland could come in and raise the ceiling of the offense.

Griffin makes a lot of sense as an important prospect because Tennessee needs bodies at corner. Three cornerbacks exhausted their eligibility from the 2017 roster, and junior Rashaan Gaulden could forgo his final senior for the NFL draft.

The Vols need players who can fill a lot of playing time. With no secondary commitments at this time, it very well might be the most important need.

Griffin is a 4-star prospect who could play right away. He is a UCLA commit, but following an official visit to Knoxville, Tenn., he took all mention of the Bruins off his Twitter account. It’s a good sign for Tennessee.

Pruitt will try hard to land both. If he can, the recruiting class will be almost a complete success under the new coach.

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