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. In this edition, we discuss Greg Emerson‘s injury and what it means for Tennessee, Georgia native Tommy Tremble potentially getting more of a look from the Vols and athlete Shocky Jacques-Louis tweets about Tennessee.
Greg Emerson suffered an apparent left leg injury Sunday while participating in defensive line drills at Nike’s The Opening. Emerson had been one of Tennessee’s top recruiting targets for the Class of 2018. How will this injury affect his status with the Vols?
Just me speculating, but I don’t think it will change Tennessee’s pursuit too much. Emerson had not committed to Tennessee, but he acted pretty committed before the injury. He tweeted out Sunday night that running in 4-6 weeks will be the plan.
Thanks for all the prayers and concerns but I am fine I will be back and running w/ in 4-6 weeks
— Greg Emerson/G.mamba (@sneakerhad_greg) July 3, 2017
The Tennessee native wants to wait until December to make his college announcement. Emerson had an animated picture of himself in a Tennessee uniform as his Twitter avatar until last week.
The Vols took a commitment from Class of 2017 Princeton Fant last season despite two surgeries on his right ACL. Fant, a 3-star wide receiver, will be a blueshirt this season, which means he counts against the Class of 2018, not 2017.
Emerson ranks as the No. 2 prospect from Tennessee in the Class of 2018 and the No. 5 defensive tackle in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Tennessee’s class ranks as the No. 6 class in the country. The Vols have received defensive line commitments from Brant Lawless, D’Andre Litaker and Jamarcus Chatman. JUCO defensive lineman Dorian Gerald will announce his college decision soon, and he listed the Vols as a finalist.
Class of 2018 recruits Caleb Tannor and PJ Mustipher could be other defensive line options if the Vols decided to go in another way from Emerson. I don’t think the Vols will be at that point anytime soon, though.
Tennessee looking for another tight end
The Vols already hold a commitment from tight end Jacob Warren, but still could be in the market for another.
Georgia native Tommy Tremble probably will be a candidate to fill the other tight end.
“I just recently started talking to the Georgia tight end Tremble,” Tennessee quarterback commit Adrian Martinez told SEC Country.
Tremble might be a hard get for the Vols because he grew up a Georgia fan and his father, Greg, played for the Bulldogs.
New Vols offensive coordinator Larry Scott might use more tight ends than previous offenses under Butch Jones. Jones promoted Scott from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator this past spring.
Tremble rates as the No. 24 tight end in the Class of 2018.
Athlete remains interested in Vols
Class of 2018 Florida athlete Shocky Jacques-Louis recently sent out a tweet to the delight of Tennessee fans.
— Shocky Jacques-louis (@ShockyMVP) June 30, 2017
Jacques-Louis de-committed from Kentucky earlier in June. The Vols offered in May.
Jacques-Louis rates as a 3-star athlete and the No. 106 prospect in the state of Florida.
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