Tennessee entered the weekend with one of the best recruiting classes in the country, and came out in even better position after Greg Emerson’s commitment to the Vols.
Emerson committed to the Vols at Nike’s The Opening and the national media have begun to take notice of the class Butch Jones and his staff continue to put together.
An SBNation article listed eight schools whose stock was boosted over the weekend by The Opening and Tennessee made the list
“The Vols landed the camp’s other new commit, four-star DT Greg Emerson (who suffered a leg injury at The Opening), and now hold pledges from four of 2018’s top 36 at the position,” the article stated.
Emerson joins Brant Lawless, D’Andre Litaker and Jamarcus Chatman as the defensive line commits for Tennessee in this class. Tennessee now ranks as the No. 4 recruiting class in the country and No. 2 in the SEC behind only LSU, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Emerson ranks as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the class, though he prefers to play defensive end, and No. 2 prospect in the state of Tennessee.
The Vols hold 16 commitments in the class.
Emerson suffered a left leg injury during 1-on-1 drills Sunday, but should be back running in four-to-six weeks.
Vols commit Alontae Taylor also attended The Opening. The high school quarterback participated in the camp as a wide receiver since he will make the position transfer in college.
He had plenty to prove over the weekend and came away saying he played “average.”