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Tennessee has had nothing but positive momentum on the recruiting trail over the last few weeks since the Orange and White game, so it came as a bit of a shock when 3-star Melbourne, Fla. running back Jashaun Corbin announced his de-commitment from Tennessee on Tuesday.
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Corbin, the No. 8 all-purpose back and No. 382 overall player in the Class of 2018, kept his commitment for less than a month before making his decision.
Maybe Corbin ends up back with the Vols, but de-commitments rarely work out that cleanly. So what’s next at running back for the Vols?
Well that answer could come sooner rather than later.
The Vols’ top target has been 3-star in-state running back Master Teague III for some time now, and his decision is poised to come soon, as he tweeted earlier this week. How soon that decision should come for the nation’s No. 25 running back is uncertain, but there has been some interesting teasing from 3-star Vols’ receiver commit Jatavious Harris about a new Tennessee commitment this Friday.
Maybe it’s Teague, maybe it’s not, but it would be a welcome addition to the class, for sure.
There’s also 3-star Gurley, Ala. running back Tae Provens. Provens has said for a while that Tennessee is his top school, and nothing has happened to change that. The nation’s No. 32 running back has plans to make his decision over the summer, so that answer shouldn’t be too far away, either.
But there’s a real chance that without Corbin’s de-commitment, Tennessee still would’ve had room in its class for Teague and Provens. So that brings the question of what Tennessee will end up doing with that spot. It’s possible that Tennessee could choose to go with three running backs anyway, although the Class of 2017 is bringing three scholarship running backs into the mix.
If that’s the case, there are a couple of options.
Fabian Franklin, a 4-star running back out of Hattiesburg, Miss., is the most highly rated option. The nation’s No. 6 running back and No. 155 overall recruit teased a couple months ago that he might be ready to commit and a source told SEC Country at the time that Tennessee was in a good position to land that commitment, but that never happened and Franklin has been quiet since. He’s also a big fan of LSU but has yet to receive an offer. If LSU were to offer, that could change everything, anyway.
Tennessee could also go down the road from Corbin to Melbourne Central Catholic and target 3-star running back Lavonte Valentine. Valentine, the nation’s No. 13 all-purpose back, has held an offer from the Vols since early March. He’s been high on them, along with South Carolina, Florida, LSU and Oregon.
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