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Tennessee vs. Alabama
The two teams battle it out every third Saturday in October and will take that rivalry to the recruiting trail for offensive lineman Jerome Carvin.
Carvin, a native of Memphis, Tenn., rates as a 3-star tackle and the No. 10 best prospect in the state, according to 247Sports.
Carvin released his final 10 schools in June, but Tennessee and Alabama seemed to be the clear favorites.
Tennessee’s coaching staff has built the best relationship with Carvin throughout his recruitment.
“My relationship with the coaches is great,” Carvin said. “I’m close with Coach Jones and [offensive line] Coach [Walt] Wells. I know their commits really well. Cade Mays and Adrian Martinez are really on me hard.”
While Tennessee’s coaches might have the upper hand, Carvin’s “blood brother” Jordan Davis has committed to Alabama.
Davis pushes the message to Carvin every day about joining him with the Crimson Tide.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones communicates with Carvin constantly. Carvin even knew when Jones took a week off for vacation this summer.
Carvin has heard some hot seat talk about Jones, but he doesn’t give much credence to the offseason chatter.
“I have definitely thought about it a few times, but I think Coach Jones is going to be there for a long time,” Carvin said. “I think Tennessee is going to have a great year this year. I’m not really worried about them.”
Carvin will visit make his sixth trip to the Alabama campus this weekend. He and Davis will spend the entire weekend in Tuscaloosa.
The idea of committing has crossed Carvin’s mind.
“If everything goes well, it’s possible, but I’m not sure right now,” Carvin said. “I’m not planning on committing this weekend, but we’ll see.”
Carvin is Tennessee’s No. 1 offensive line target so expect the Vols to continue a heavy pursuit until his commitment.
Tennessee offers a quarterback
The Vols offered a scholarship to Class of 2019 4-star quarterback Michael Johnson Jr.
— Michael Johnson Jr. (@m_jay_1_) July 18, 2017
The native of Eugene, Ore., ranks as the No. 6 quarterback in the class and the No. 251 prospect, per 247Sports.
Johnson holds notable offers from Oregon, Michigan, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama.
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