Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Today, we discuss the important impending visit for 4-star offensive tackle Christian Armstrong, as well as an addition to the twosome mentioned in Monday’s notebook.
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Tennessee was once among the top contenders for 4-star Warner Robbins (Ga.) offensive tackle Christian Armstrong. But since his last visit nearly seven months ago, the trail between Armstrong and Knoxville hasn’t been as strong.
That all changes this weekend, however, as Armstrong will make it up for a spring practice on Saturday.
A lot has happened since Armstrong last visited Tennessee. His primary recruiter Don Mahoney is no longer with the school and Walt Wells has replaced him as the offensive line coach. While Armstrong has stayed in contact with the Vols over that time, it’s been linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen and not Wells that he’s been talking to.
In fact, Armstrong has yet to speak with Wells, making this weekend’s visit all the more important. Even so, he says the Vols are still in good standing on his board.
“I’ve got to build that relationship with coach Wells like I have with coach Mahoney but they haven’t dropped anywhere,” Armstrong said. “I still like them.”
Armstrong boasts 12 offers mostly from powerhouse football programs like Alabama, Florida State and Georgia. So far, the Seminoles, Auburn and Penn State are the three schools that have stood out the most to him, but Tennessee has a chance to get back in the mix if this weekend’s visit goes well.
He hopes to make his decision by the end of the summer.
Could duo of Vols targets become a trio?
Sunday night, Tennessee landed fourth on a list of top eight schools for 4-star defensive tackle Alfred Thomas. Vols’ quarterback Target James Foster made things interesting by insinuating that he and Thomas, high school teammates, would be a package deal.
That story took another turn Tuesday night when another Lanier (Ala.) teammate, 3-star outside linebacker La’Dedric Jackson, dropped his list of top five schools.
— La'Dedric Jackson (@LTJ_Big9) April 5, 2017
Tennessee made that list as well, landing fourth, although Jackson didn’t indicate whether or not that list of schools is in any particular order.
Then, in what’s becoming a bit of a theme, Foster inserted himself again and insinuated that the nation’s No. 43 outside linebacker could be joining forces with Thomas and himself, turning the dynamic duo into a trio.
— James Foster II..? (@YungSimba4) April 5, 2017
If that were the case, then it would have to be at Missouri, Tennessee or N.C. State, the only three schools that appear among the top remaining schools for all three prospects.
Jackson holds nine offers with Kentucky, Georgia State, Cincinnati, South Alabama and Southern Miss making the cut. Of the schools in his top five, N.C. State is the only one that he does not yet report an offer from.
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