Tennessee is desperately trying to add offensive linemen in the Class of 2018 who can help out next season.
The Vols got help toward that goal Wednesday when offensive lineman Jahmir Johnson announced he had chosen Tennessee over USC and Missouri.
The Arizona Western product will provide immediate depth on the line. Tennessee had to play a walk-on offensive lineman this season because of injuries and attrition.
Johnson, who went to high school in Philadelphia, rates as a 3-star prospect and is ranked the No. 4 offensive tackle in junior college this cycle, according to the 247Sports composite. According to Tennessee football’s Twitter account, Johnson signed last week but waited until he was with his family to announce his decision.
With Johnson, Tennessee has four incoming offensive linemen. Jerome Carvin, Ollie Land and Tanner Antonutti also signed during the early signing period last week. The coaching staff will likely try to add one more lineman to the group.
Carvin and Johnson (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) could see playing time next season because the position group is so thin.
The Vols have signed 17 prospects in the class. The goal is to get in the 23-25 range by February.