Tennessee continues to pick up steam on a couple of top prospects in the country.
The Vols are squarely in the mix for wide receiver Jacob Copeland, cornerback Olaijah Griffin and linebacker JJ Peterson. Tennessee probably sits atop the list of all three of those prospects who could be potential starters next season.
With that in mind, here is a look at where things currently stand for the Volunteers’ Class of 2018:
Where Tennessee’s class ranks
The 247Sports composite ranks the Vols’ 2018 class No. 22 in the nation and No. 8 in the SEC.
Tennessee lost cornerback Rashaan Gaulden for next season as he is forgoing his senior season for the NFL draft. This puts the Vols in bind to add a few more defensive backs to the class since there are none right now.
This makes the Griffin recruitment even more important.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- Who is Tennessee targeting at running back in Class of 2018?
- Under Armour All-America game offers Vols fans chance to see future
- Tennessee in more need of CB commits after Rashaan Gaulden declares for NFL draft
- LB JJ Peterson on possibility of ending up at Tennessee: ‘If I find a hat, it’s over’
- Recruiting mailbag: Jacob Copeland, depth and quarterbacks
- Vols in running for official visit from Alabama LB commit Quay Walker
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 410
- 5-star offers: 21
- 4-star offers: 194
- In-state recruits offered: 26
- Florida recruits offered: 90
- Georgia recruits offered: 66
- Texas recruits offered: 25
- DE Greg Emerson, 4 stars, Jackson, Tenn.
- DT Brant Lawless, 4 stars, Nashville, Tenn.
- WR Alontae Taylor, 4 stars, Manchester, Tenn.
- OT Jerome Carvin, 4 stars, Cordova, Tenn.
- TE Dominick Wood-Anderson, 4 stars, Spring Valley, Calif.
- DE Jordan Allen, 3 stars, Armijo, Fairfield, Calif.
- OT Jahmir Johnson, 3 stars, Philadelphia
- RB Jeremy Banks, 3 stars, Cordova, Tenn.
- QB JT Shrout, 3 stars, Newhall, Calif.
- DT D’Andre Litaker, 3 stars, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- DT Kinston Harris, 3 stars, Bradenton, Fla.
- LB Matthew Flint, 3 stars, Gurley, Ala.
- RB Anthony Grant, 3 stars, Buford, Ga.
- TE Jacob Warren, 3 stars, Knoxville, Tenn.
- OG Ollie Lane, 3 stars, Corryton, Tenn.
- OT Tanner Antonutti, 3 stars, Nashville, Tenn.
- P Paxton Brooks, 3 stars, West Columbia, S.C.
Top uncommitted targets
- 4-star WR Jacob Copeland, Pensacola, Fla.: Copeland didn’t have much interest in the Vols before coach Jeremy Pruitt got hired, but Tennessee is a top contender now. Copeland would provide instant depth at the wide receiver position. He won’t make his final decision until February.
- 4-star CB Olaijah Griffin, Mission Viejo, Calif.: Griffin is another prospect who didn’t have much interest in Tennessee before Pruitt. He is a UCLA commit who took all mentions of the Bruins off his Twitter bio following his official visit to Knoxville. The Vols are trending in the right direction for Griffin, who plans to sign in February.
- 4-star OLB JJ Peterson, Colquitt County, Ga.: Peterson is making his final decision this Saturday. It is expected to be the Vols. He will fit into Pruitt’s new 3-4 scheme and could start right away.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 1 (Shrout)
- RB: 2 (Grant, Banks)
- TE: 2 (Warren, Wood-Anderson)
- WR: 1 (Taylor)
- OL: 3 (Lane, Antonutti, Carvin)
- DL: 5 (Lawless, Litaker, Emerson, Harris, Allen)
- LB: 1 (Flint)
- P: 1 (Brooks)
Here’s a breakdown of Tennessee’s commits by state:
- Tennessee: 9 (Emerson, Litaker, Lawless, Antonutti, Lane, Warren, Taylor, Carvin, Banks)
- California: 3 (Shrout, Allen, Wood-Anderson)
- Pennsylvania: 1 (Johnson)
- Georgia: 1 (Grant)
- Alabama: 1 (Flint)
- Florida: 1 (Harris)
- South Carolina: 1 (Brooks)