The quiet few weeks on the recruiting trail for Tennessee came to a screeching halt this week.
Commit Jatavious Harris announced via Twitter on Monday he had opened his recruitment to all schools. Brendon Harris, no relation, followed on Tuesday with the same announcement.
Tennessee still holds commitments from 23 prospects in the Class of 2018. It is still one of the best classes in the SEC, too.
Things might have started off rocky in the beginning of the week. Nothing of true consequence has happened yet, though.
Here’s an early glance showing where things stand for the Vols’ Class of 2018:
Where Tennessee’s class ranks
Tennessee ranks as the No. 6 class in the country and No. 1 in the SEC. The Vols hold one 5-star commit, offensive tackle Cade Mays, and eight 4-star prospects.
Six of the top nine players in the Class of 2018 from the Volunteer State have committed to the Vols.
Tennessee looked like it was in store for a rough week on Monday and Tuesday, but things settled down as the week progressed. The Vols didn’t officially lose any commitments, which is the biggest news to take away from the week.
The coaching staff will be on the road because of the bye week. It will give the staff a chance to take back the narrative surrounding the team.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- Tennessee coach Butch Jones on recruiting: ‘We live in a week-to-week society’
- Tennessee recruiting mailbag: Timing behind a coaching change, overreactions to Georgia, latest on QB Adrian Martinez
- Bye week offers Tennessee coaches chance to tell ‘truth’ about program
- After second ACL tear, Tennessee football commit D’Andre Litaker has a plan
- Tennessee football recruiting: Vols S commit Brendon Harris opens recruitment
- Is Tennessee recruiting about to get interesting in a hurry after hectic Monday?
- Tennessee football recruiting: Vols WR commit Jatavious Harris opens recruitment
- How the Georgia weekend will impact Tennessee recruiting
- Tennessee DT commit Brant Lawless shows ability to disrupt opposing backfields
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 362
- 5-star offers: 21
- 4-star offers: 194
- In-state recruits offered: 25
- Florida recruits offered: 91
- Georgia recruits offered: 62
- Texas recruits offered: 24
- OT Cade Mays, 5 stars, Knoxville, Tenn.
- DE Greg Emerson, 4 stars, Jackson, Tenn.
- WR Alontae Taylor, 4 stars, Manchester, Tenn.
- QB Adrian Martinez, 4 stars, Fresno, Calif.
- S Brendon Harris, 4 stars, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- DT D’Andre Litaker, 4 stars, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- RB Lyn-J Dixon, 4 stars, Butler, Ga.
- DT Brant Lawless, 4 stars, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- S Trey Dean, 4 stars, Hampton, Tenn.
- CB Jaycee Horn, 4 stars, Alpharetta, Ga.
- LB Matthew Flint, 3 stars, Gurley, Ala.
- DE Dorian Gerald, 3 stars, Valencia, Calif.
- DT Jamarcus Chatman, 3 stars, Rome, Ga.
- RB Anthony Grant, 3 stars, Buford, Ga.
- QB Michael Penix, 3 stars, Tampa, Fla.
- TE Jacob Warren, 3 stars, Knoxville, Tenn.
- WR Jatavious Harris, 3 stars, Milledgeville, Ga.
- OG Ollie Lane, 3 stars, Corryton, Tenn.
- OT Tanner Antonutti, 3 stars, Nashville, Tenn.
- CB Brandon Cross, 3 stars, Orlando, Fla.
- CB Tanner Ingle, 3 stars, Orlando, Fla.
- WR Shocky Jacques-Louis, 3 stars, Fort Myers, Fla.
- P Paxton Brooks, N/R, West Columbia, S.C.
4 top uncommitted targets
- 4-star OLB Adam Anderson, Rome, Ga.: Anderson de-committed from LSU on July 6 and has visited Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson and Alabama since. Georgia seems the favorite to land the in-state talent. The commitment to Tennessee by Anderson’s friend and teammate, Chatman, will give the Volunteers a shot.
- 3-star OT Jerome Carvin, Cordova, Tenn.: Carvin reduced his list to 10 on June 12, but Tennessee and Alabama have remained the leaders. Tennessee holds commitments from four offensive linemen, so Carvin could be leaning toward the Crimson Tide. Carvin’s good friend, Jordan Davis, is a Crimson Tide commit, which is another knock against the Vols. Carvin will take an official visit to Arkansas this fall, which means there’s another SEC team the Vols are up against.
- 4-star OLB Richard Jibunor, Athens, Ga.: Jibunor had a 1-on-1 interview with SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk, and the linebacker made it clear who his top 2 teams are going forward: Tennessee and Auburn. Tennessee will take on one more linebacker this class, either Anderson or Jibunor. The Vols don’t appear to be in the lead for either at the moment, but they are within striking distance. When schools are close and it comes down to the wire in recruiting, anything can happen.
- 3-star OLB Cam Jones, Cordova, Tenn.: Tennessee had been on Jones, but the interest from the Vols dropped off over the summer. Tennessee has brought the interest back, and Jones could end up being the final defensive commit in the Class of 2018. The question could come down to how much does the lesser contact over the summer weigh on Jones’ mind.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 2 (Martinez, Penix)
- RB: 2 (Dixon, Grant)
- TE: 1 (Warren)
- WR: 3 (Taylor, Harris, Jacques-Louis)
- OL: 3 (Mays, Lane, Antonutti)
- DL: 5 (Lawless, Litaker, Emerson, Gerald, Chatman)
- LB: 1 (Flint)
- CB: 3 (Ingle, Cross, Horn)
- S: 2 (Harris, Dean)
- P: 1 (Brooks)
Here’s a breakdown of Tennessee’s commits by state:
- Tennessee: 9 (Mays, Emerson, Litaker, Lawless, Taylor, Antonutti, Lane, Harris, Warren)
- Georgia: 6 (Dean, Dixon, Grant, Harris, Chatman, Horn)
- Florida: 4 (Penix, Ingle, Cross, Jacques-Louis)
- California: 2 (Martinez, Gerald)
- Alabama: 1 (Flint)
- South Carolina: 1 (Brooks)