One team’s loss can be another team’s gain, and Tennessee could be in good position to gain.
Tennessee might be able to take advantage of Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze’s resignation Thursday night amid personal controversy. The Rebels elevated co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Matt Luke to head coach, and he will likely be far behind on the recruiting trail.
A recruit considering both Tennessee and Ole Miss actually finished up camping with the Vols on Thursday.
Defensive end Kayode Oladele camped with Tennessee and considered Ole Miss among his front runners. With Ole Miss’s situation now drastically changed, it can only strengthen the Vols’ position moving forward.
Oladele rates as a 3-star prospect and ranks as the No. 15 defensive end in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
Oladele plans to release a top 5 during the middle of the football season.
Corner back Jaylon Reed will be another prospect to keep an eye on as the fallout from Freeze’s departure continues.
Reed de-committed from Tennessee on June 5 and has trended towards the Rebels since.
Reed, from Olive Branch, Miss., holds 13 Crystal Ball predictions with Ole Miss receiving 62% of the predictions.
Tennessee has taken commitments from cornerbacks Tanner Ingle and Brandon Cross since Reed’s de-commitment. The Vols have continued to recruit other defensive backs, though.
The Vols could easily jump back up the leaderboard on Reed without Freeze.
Reed rates as 3-star prospect and ranks as the No. 74 cornerback in the class.
The Vols have yet to fill their need at the outside linebacker position.
Outside linebacker Caleb Kelly released his top 5 Monday with Tennessee and Ole Miss as the only two SEC schools on the list.
— Caleb Kelly (@ck_ckelly) July 17, 2017
If the Hapeville, Ga., native puts any weight into playing near his home then the Vols just received a big boost.
Kelly rates as a 3-star linebacker.