KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — National Signing Day is five days away. Tennessee recruiting efforts are focused on Feb. 1.
Here’s a quick breakdown on everything you need to know about Tennessee’s recruiting 2017 class. Where is it ranked? Top commits? Top targets? Official visitors?
Where is Tennessee’s class ranked?
With 28 commits, the Vols check in at No. 13 nationally and No. 6 in the SEC. They rank behind Alabama (1), Georgia (3), LSU (6), Texas A&M (9) and Auburn (10), per the 247Sports composite. The recruiting services recently updated their final player rankings, too, with a number of Vols commits littering the lists.
Who are Tennessee’s top commitments?
* No. 11 overall Trey Smith, a 5-star offensive tackle from University School of Jackson (Tenn.)
* No. 68 overall Ty Chandler, a 4-star tailback from Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.)
* No. 78 overall Maleik Gray, a 4-star safety from LaVergne (Tenn.)
* No. 218 overall Eric Crosby, a 4-star defensive tackle from Ocean Lakes (Va.)
* No. 305 overall Will Ignont, a 4-star linebacker from Buckhorn (Ala.)
Who decommitted from Tennessee this week?
Newton (Ga.) linebacker Jaquan Henderson flipped to Georgia Tech on Sunday. The longtime commit had flirted with numerous other schools throughout the fall.
Who committed to Tennessee this week?
Who will take official visits to Tennessee this week?
Tennessee will host its final set of official visitors this weekend before the dead period starts Sunday. Right now, the Vols are scheduled to welcome just a few guys. Fant, Bumphus and Calbert will be in town, as will wideout Jordan Pouncey. We’ll see about any others.
Who are Tennessee’s top uncommitted targets?
* No. 26 overall LaBryan Ray, a 5-star defensive end from James Clemens (Ala.) — Ray actually earned a 5th star in the latest 247Sports update. Tennessee went in-home with Ray and his family on Thursday. The Vols remain in the picture, but Alabama is still the best bet to land the Under Armour All-American.
* No. 305 nationally Elijah Conliffe, a 4-star end from Hampton (Va.) — Formally a longtime Alabama lean, Conliffe enjoyed his official visit to Tennessee 2 weeks ago. He visited Florida last weekend and will reportedly go to Louisville this weekend. Penn State is an option, too. It remains to be seen if the Vols have room for the 4-star DT.
* No. 438 nationally Aaron Sterling, a 3-star defensive end from Tucker (Ga.) — The former Alabama commit is a South Carolina lean and will visit the Gamecocks this weekend.
* No. 728 nationally Jordan Pouncey, a 3-star receiver from Winter Park (Fla.) — The former Notre Dame commit will take an official visit to Tennessee this weekend. Likely Texas or Miami (Fla.) bound, it remains unclear if the Vols will add another receiver.
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 (3) — Ty Chandler (Montgomery Bell Academy), Trey Coleman (West Monroe, La.), Timothy Jordan (Bartow, Fla.)
Tight end (1) — James Brown (Jones, Fla.)
Receiver (4) — Jordan Murphy (Hattiesburg, Miss.), Princeton Fant (LaVergne), Jacquez Jones (Clearwater, Fla.), Joshua Palmer (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Offensive line (3) — Riley Locklear (Spring Valley, W.Va.), K’Rojhn Calbert (Warren County), Trey Smith (University School)
Defensive line (7) — 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.), Ryan Thaxton (St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, Va.)
Linebacker (3) — 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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