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Tennessee took an important next step in courting top 100 offensive tackle Max Wray on Monday.
Wray, a 4-star tackle rated as the No. 55 player in the nation by 247Sports composite rankings, de-committed from Georgia earlier this month after taking a visit to Alabama. While many consider the Crimson Tide the favorite to land the No. 4 offensive tackle in the class of 2018, he did consider Tennessee before making his initial commitment to the Bulldogs.
The Vols pulled out all the stops for Wray, who was chauffeured on his visit by 5-star early enrollee offensive tackle Trey Smith.
Thanks to Trey Smith for the tour today! pic.twitter.com/lPpoMpxY4h
— Sam Wray (@wray_6) March 27, 2017
Tennessee was high on his list when he committed, but he hadn’t been to Knoxville in more than a year before Monday. Since then, Tennessee has totally reshaped its offensive coaching staff, including new offensive coordinator Larry Scott and offensive line coach Walt Wells.
However, it was new strength coach Rock Gullickson that impressed him the most, as he told 247Sports’ Ryan Callahan after the visit.
“The big difference I noticed is Coach Rock, the new strength coach. He’s awesome,” Wray told Callahan. “All the players love him, and he’s got a great reputation among not only the players, but the coaches and even the NFL coaches.”
Wray previously visited Texas and LSU before making it back to his home state to visit the Vols.
Vols’ WR target Tykee Ogle-Kellogg delays commitment
Tennessee has widely been the favorite for 3-star Alcoa (Tenn.) receiver Tykee Ogle-Kellogg, but it’s going to have to wait a little longer to find out for sure.
In a since-deleted tweet that he sent out Saturday, Ogle-Kellogg indicated that he planned on committing “this week.” However, those plans have changed quickly as he followed with another tweet Monday evening indicating that is no longer the case.
I will not be committing this week, gotta focus on other things right now and make sure that this decision is the best for me.
— Tykee Ogle-Kellogg (@thelifeoftkee) March 28, 2017
Ogle-Kellogg was scheduled to attend the Atlanta regional event for Nike’s “The Opening” at Buford (Ga.) High School Sunday, but he ended up having to pull out after having his wisdom teeth pulled out earlier in the week, he confirmed to SEC Country. Although he was “looking forward to it,” Ogle-Kellogg’s parents felt it would be best for him to miss the event.
Ogle-Kellogg picked up his offer from the Vols in late January and he attended the team’s first junior day in Febrary. He holds a total of 12 offers including Louisville, South Carolina, Missouri and Ole Miss.
Vols on the outs for 4-star OT James Ohonba
Rocky Top isn’t for everyone, and it looks like we can comfortably add 4-star offensive tackle James Ohonba to that list.
Ohonba, the No. 21 offensive tackle in the class of 2018, received an offer from Tennessee last April, just his third offer at the time. Although he took a visit to Knoxville in October for the Alabama game, he indicated that he no longer has any serious interest in the Vols.
“They’re really not at the top of my interest as of now,” Ohonba told SEC Country at the Atlanta regional for “The Opening” on Sunday.
That may have something to do with the fact that his primary recruiter at Tennessee was Don Mahoney, the former offensive line coach who was let go as part of the reshuffling of the offensive staff earlier this offseason.
Ohonba, a Stockbridge, Ga. product, boasts 12 offers total, including ones from Alabama, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Clemson.
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