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BUFORD, Ga. — With the recent de-commitment of 3-star running back Jashaun Corbin, Tennessee still finds itself in a state of flux in its backfield.
We’ve reviewed a few possible names that could help fill out the class without Corbin, but new Buford (Ga.) High School football coach John Ford has another possible fit — his own 3-star back Anthony Grant. Ford went as far as to tell SEC Country that he believes that Grant will end up with the Vols.
Grant was a little more bashful about the prediction.
“They’re recruiting me hard,” Grant said. “I’m liking them.”
Tennessee is one of a few schools that has recruited Grant hard along with N.C. State, Georgia Tech and “a bunch of other schools.”
Grant is one of the two heads in the Buford High School backfield along with fellow 3-star 2018 back Christian Turner, who was also considering Tennessee before he committed to Michigan in early April. Both Grant and Turner received their offers in early February just before attending the Vols’ first junior day on Feb. 18.
For Grant, the culture and coaching staff have been among the biggest draws.
“They just have a family type culture there,” Grant said. “Me and coach Gillespie get along real good.”
The nation’s No. 24 running back has 20 offers including Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville and Ole Miss, in addition to the other schools he identified that have recruited him hard.
While he doesn’t yet have a timetable for making his decision, he does plan on makes a few visits over the summer including North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Mississippi State.
Vols offer Texas WR Taye Barber
If there’s any position in the Vols’ Class of 2018 that’s pretty well off, it’s receiver.
The group already features 4-star athlete Alontae Taylor and 3-star receiver Jatavious Harris, plus the Vols have been well connected to in-state options Camron Johnson, Tykee Ogle-Kellogg and Jarek Campbell, all of whom rank in the top 25 in the state.
That doesn’t mean that the coaching staff isn’t continuing to evaluate its options, however. That showed with another new offer on Monday to 3-star Cypress, Texas receiver Taye Barber.
— Taye Barber ♔¹ (@_UniquelyGifted) May 22, 2017
Barber, the nation’s No. 129 receiver, has 26 offers from schools including Clemson, Arizona State, Missouri, TCU and Wisconsin.
Barber is smaller than most receivers Kevin Beard has targeted, but its hard to pass up an athlete like him. As a freshman, Barber played quarterback for Cy Springs High School, throwing for nearly 3,000 yards, rushing for more than 800 and netting a combined 40 touchdowns — 30 through the air and 10 on the ground. As a sophomore, Barber still attempted just under 100 passes for 844 yards and 8 touchdowns but he spent some time at receiver, catching 9 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown to go along with 385 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground.
In-state TCU is the favorite to land Barber with 100 percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions.
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