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Tennessee Class Snapshot 7.0
The contact period is in full swing, and the Vols will host a huge contingent of official visitors over the weekend.
Every Friday, I deliver a quick breakdown of Tennessee’s 2017 class.
Where it’s ranked? Top commits? Top targets? And more.
Where is Tennessee’s class ranked?
With 26 commits, the Vols check in at No. 10 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 and defensive linemen, with receivers suddenly a target group again as well after Josh Malone opted to forgo his senior season.
Who are Tennessee’s top uncommitted targets?
Couple subtle changes here. Wideout Jaylen Harris, a 4-star from Cleveland Heights, is no longer listed after naming a Top 3 of Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State. Harris appears Buckeye bound.
Meanwhile, cornerback Ameer Speed is also off the board after eliminating the Vols from contention.
Tennessee’s remaining top targets are …
* 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 his official visit to Tennessee this weekend.
* 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 this weekend.
* 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. He will officially visit the Vols this weekend.
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 has enrolled early?
Tennessee has five commits who are now signees and began class on Jan. 11.
* 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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