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 two Vols’ targets from Georgia who cut their lists down over the weekend and the Twitter reaction from a busy weekend of visits.
Now that the 2018 recruiting cycle has been in full swing for a couple months, several top prospects over the last couple weeks have taken the opportunity to narrow down their list of choices — sometimes of 30-plus offers — to a more manageable list of schools.
Last week, the Vols were on the positive side of the top lists for a couple of out-of-state prospects from Alabama — 4-star defensive tackle Alfred Thomas and 3-star linebacker La’Dedric Jackson.
Two more players added themselves to that list on Sunday: 3-star defensive back Jaycee Horn and 3-star receiver Jatavious Harris.
Harris made his list of top eight schools official around 7 p.m. ET Sunday. In a video that featured clips of the teams on his list and some personal highlights, Harris revealed his top eight of South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Pitt, Minnesota, Louisville, West Virginia and Miami.
Talking with my parents I've decided to narrow my options down where I feel best! HERE IS MY TOP8⃣ pic.twitter.com/dCTzwO6Lev
— Jatavious Harris (@screamtaaye) April 9, 2017
Harris boasts 24 offers, eliminating schools like Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi State, N.C. State and Vanderbilt. The Baldwin (Ga.) High School product ranks as the nation’s No. 118 receiver and the No. 68 prospect in the state of Georgia.
About three hours after Harris announced his top eight, Horn posted a similar video revealing his top seven of Ole Miss, Tennessee, Wake Forrest, Ohio State, Auburn, Alabama and South Carolina.
After much thought and consideration, here are my top 7 schools! BIG ON BIG ?✌? pic.twitter.com/wxMiMX8GRk
— JUNGLE BOY ? (@jayceehorn_10) April 10, 2017
Horn, the son of former NFL receiver Joe Horn, eliminated an impressive list of schools in its own rite from his 38 offers including Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State and West Virginia.
Ranked the No. 59 corner back and the No. 62 player in Georgia, Horn told SEC Country at the Under Armour All-America Camp in Atlanta on April 3 that the Vols were among the schools recruiting him the hardest and that they’re “real high” on his list.
Horn was in Columbus, Ohio visiting the Buckeyes over the weekend, but could return to Knoxville for the Orange and White game on April 22.
Several targets react to busy visit weekend, Josh Dobbs appearance
Tennessee had one of its busiest weekends of visits since January.
Among those who headed to Knoxville to watch the Vols’ second scrimmage of spring practice were running back targets Master Teague III and Christian Turner, as well as defensive lineman Malik Langham, safety Miles Oldacre and offensive linemen Ollie Lane and Hamilton Hall. Receiver commit Alontae Taylor was also in attendance.
The weekend as a whole seemed to go well with prospect like Langham, who was making his second trip in a little over a month, Hall, and Teague giving their visits an immediate thumbs up on Twitter Sunday.
The Vols may have had a little help in perfecting the weekend for their A-list attendees, however. Former quarterback Josh Dobbs took some time out of his busy schedule preparing for the NFL Draft at the end of the month to take in Tennessee’s scrimmage as well. He also took the time to take some pictures with some of the prospective Vols including Teague’s younger brother and Oldacre, who was making his first visit to Knoxville since receiving his offer in late February.
— Master W. Teague III (@33_blackman) April 8, 2017
— Miles Oldacre (@MilesOldacre) April 8, 2017
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