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Tennessee Class Snapshot 6.0
The NCAA’s dead period will end soon, and then recruiting will really heat up in the sprint toward National Signing Day.
Every Friday, I deliver a quick peek at Tennessee’s 2017 class.
Where is it ranked? Top commits? Top targets? And more.
Where is Tennessee’s class ranked?
With 26 commits, the Vols check in at No. 11 nationally, No. 6 in the SEC. They rank behind Alabama (1), Georgia (3), LSU (6), Texas A&M (8) and Auburn (9), per the 247Sports composite.
Who are Tennessee’s top commitments?
* No. 25 overall Trey Smith, a 5-star offensive tackle from University School of Jackson (Tenn.)
* No. 63 overall Maleik Gray, a 4-star safety from LaVergne (Tenn.)
* No. 73 overall Ty Chandler, a 4-star tailback from Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.)
* No. 229 overall Eric Crosby, a 4-star defensive tackle from Ocean Lakes (Va.)
* No. 298 overall Will Ignont, a 4-star linebacker from Buckhorn (Ala.)
Who committed to Tennessee this week?
No one. The Vols weren’t expecting a commitment, either. Tennessee continues to evaluate running backs, corners and a couple priority defensive ends to fill out its remaining few spots.
Who are Tennessee’s top uncommitted targets?
* No. 43 overall LaBryan Ray, a 4-star defensive end from James Clemens (Ala.) — Tennessee will be hard-pressed to poach the No. 1 player out of Alabama away from the Crimson Tide, but the Vols will at least get the chance when Ray takes an official visit on Jan. 13.
* No. 177 overall Jaylen Harris, a 4-star receiver from Cleveland Heights (Ohio) — Harris hopes to take an official visit to Tennessee in January. If Ohio State doesn’t have room for the 6-foot-5, 210-pound wideout, the Vols could become a real contender.
* No. 222 overall Travis Etienne, a 4-star running back from Jennings (La.) — Texas A&M and LSU are the front-runners here, but Tennessee will host Etienne in January.
* No. 303 nationally Elijah Conliffe, a 4-star end from Hampton (Va.) — The longtime Alabama lean my have waited too long to commit to the Tide and be forced to head elsewhere. Tennessee, as well as Penn State, is positioned to potentially benefit from the Tide’s numbers crunch.
No. 404 nationally Aaron Sterling, a 3-star defensive end from Tucker (Ga.) — The former Alabama commit is a South Carolina lean, but Tennessee could become a major factor depending on what happens with Ray.
Who will enroll early?
Tennessee currently has five commits who plan to arrive on campus on Jan. 8:
* OT Trey Smith (University School)
* LB Shanon Reid (Dunbar High, Fla.)
* OT Riley Locklear (Spring Valley High, W.Va.)
* DE Deandre Johnson (Miami Southridge High, Fla.)
* QB Will McBride (Clear Springs High, Texas)
Quarterback (1) — Will McBride (Clear Springs, Texas)
Running back (2) — Ty Chandler (Montgomery Bell Academy), Trey Coleman (West Monroe, La.)
Tight end (1) — James Brown (Jones, Fla.)
Receiver (3) — Jordan Murphy (Hattiesburg, Miss.), Princeton Fant (LaVergne), Jacquez Jones (Clearwater, Fla.)
Offensive line (3) — Riley Locklear (Spring Valley, W.Va.), K’Rojhn Calbert (Warren County), Trey Smith (University School)
Defensive line (6) — Kivon Bennett (St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.), Eric Crosby (Ocean Lakes, Va.), Marquez Bembry (Mount Vernon Presbyterian, Ga.), Deandre Johnson (Miami Southridge, Fla.), Latrell Bumphus (Hardin County), Matthew Butler (Garner, N.C.)
Linebacker (4) — Jaquan Henderson (Newton, Ga.), Solon Page III (Kell, Ga.), Will Ignont (Buckhorn, Ala.), Shanon Reid (Dunbar, Fla.)
Defensive back (5) — Maleik Gray (LaVergne), Theo Jackson (Overton), Cheyenne Labruzza (Albany, La.), Shawn Shamburger (Colquitt County, Ga.), Terrell Bailey (John Ehret, La.)
Kicker (1) — Brent Cimaglia (Fred J Page)
North Carolina (1)
West Virginia (1)
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