After a tumultuous past week, this week has really calmed down for Tennessee.
During the bye week, the coaching staff was able to hit the road and put out their narrative about how things are going on Rocky Top.
Tennessee did not lose any commitments after the 41-point blowout by Georgia, which, at this point, is the best news the Vols can have until signing day.
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 had a quiet week, which was exactly what the coaching staff wanted after the Georgia debacle and into its bye week.
No one de-committed, though commit Alontae Taylor received offers from Notre Dame and Ohio State, which might be concerning.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- Tennessee commit Alontae Taylor on his recruitment: ‘All I can say is that I am committed’
- Tennessee recruiting mailbag: Record-making impact, who’s next, Owen Pappoe
- Is Tennessee backing off from WR commit Jatavious Harris?
- Should Tennessee football worry about Clemson recruiting its targets?
- Former Tennessee QB Heath Shuler’s sophomore son already receiving attention from college coaches
- Tennessee commit Dorian Gerald on experience inside Williams-Brice Stadium: ‘It blew my mind’
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 366
- 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, Jamarcus 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 the lesser contact over the summer weighs 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)