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In what’s seemed like the never ending hunt for a quarterback target for the 2018 class, Tennessee had at least a small sense of positivity in regards to one of the top uncommitted targets Justin Rogers.
The 4-star quarterback out of Parkway High School in Bossier City, La. released his top seven earlier this month and included the Vols, as well as LSU, TCU, North Carolina, Harvard, Oregon and Louisville.
Pulling in Rogers, the nation’s No. 11 dual-threat quarterback according to 247Sports composite rankings, would have been a steal for Butch Jones and the class of 2018. But now it looks like that is a long shot at best. In an interview with SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman, Rogers indicated that three schools have already put themselves out front from the rest of the pack — TCU, LSU and North Carolina.
Of those three, TCU stands out just a hair but Rogers hopes to get a better feel for LSU’s new offense under offensive coordinator Matt Canada. With an intended commitment date tentatively scheduled for June, it seems unlikely that Tennessee will have the necessary time to get itself back in the hunt.
Ex-UGA commit, 4-star OT Max Wray schedules Tennessee visit
Tennessee got a glimmer of hope on an elite in-state offensive tackle when 4-star Max Wray, the No. 4 tackle in the class of 2018, ended his almost year-long commitment to Georgia earlier this month.
The choice to de-commit came on March 10, the same day as Wray and his younger brother Jake Wray, a 2020 offensive lineman, visited Alabama. That seems to give the Crimson Tide an edge, but the in-state Vols will get their shot.
Wray’s father confirmed to Ryan Callahan of 247Sports that the nation’s No. 55 player will take a visit to Tennessee, his first in more than a year. Wray and his younger brother will be visiting LSU Wednesday and Thursday and then visit Tennessee sometime between March 26 and April 1. He’ll also take a visit to Ohio State, his latest offer since the de-commitment, on April 7.
The Ohio State offer bring Wray’s total number of offers up to 17. He also has offers from Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Auburn, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
Vols crack top 10 for DL Jamarcus Chatman
Jamarcus Chatman, 3-star 2018 defensive end out of Rome (Ga.) High School, boasts more than 51 offers.
But earlier this week, he decided to narrow that down to 10 and included Tennessee. The other schools included Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Florida and Wake Forest.
— Jamarcus Chatman (@ChatmanJamarcus) March 21, 2017
Of those offers, three — Florida, Ole Miss and Michigan — came in March.
Chatman, the nation’s No. 14 stringside defensive end, has had an offer from Tennessee since Feb. 23.
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