Tennessee recruiting: Vols offer pair of elite 2020 prospects
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With spring break going on in Knoxville, it was a relatively quiet week on the recruiting trail for Butch Jones and Tennessee.
However, the Vols did take some time to plant some seeds well down the line, offering two premier prospects from the Class of 2020: receiver Leonard Manuel and safety Lejond Cavazos.
Manuel, an Ocala, Fla., product, was the first to receive an offer. He tweeted about the offer Friday afternoon.
— Leonard Manuel (@Begreatliltone2) March 17, 2017
As a freshman at Vanguard High School, Manuel caught 16 passes for 305 yards according to stats available on MaxPreps. While that doesn’t sound like a lot, Vanguard is a team that threw almost 100 fewer times than it ran the ball in 2016, and Manuel finished third on the team in receiving yards and touchdowns with 4.
Tennessee is the sixth offer for Manuel, who already has offers from Florida, Kentucky and Missouri, as well as Miami and North Carolina. Being an in-state target, Miami and Florida have already gotten the benefit of a visit.
Manuel is the second 2020 receiver to get an offer from Tennessee. Michael Robertson out of Callaway High School in Hogansville, Ga., got an offer from the Vols in September.
Cavazos, a safety out of Cibolo, Texas, received his offer Sunday afternoon.
— Lejond Cavazos (@lejondaryy) March 20, 2017
Tennessee is Cavazos’ fifth offer, four of which have come from SEC schools including Auburn, Ole Miss and LSU. Oklahoma is his other offer.
Cavazos is the first 2020 safety to receive an offer from Tennessee. The Vols have offered four cornerbacks, including two in-state prospects — Yukari Blanchard and Keyshawn Lawrence out of Nashville.
Adding these two brings Tennessee’s total number of offers in the Class of 2020 to 18.
Vols add 2018 offer to DE Caleb Tannor
Tennessee didn’t just work its Class of 2020 over the weekend.
Coming in late Sunday night, 2018 defensive end Caleb Tannor out of Lithonia, Ga., tweeted that he’s received an offer from the Vols.
— Caleb Tannor 2️⃣1️⃣® (@cvleb10) March 20, 2017
Tannor has a whopping 20 offers after Tennessee. Tannor also received an offer this weekend from Georgia, which he visited on Saturday. He visited Tennessee late last month.
Many of the schools to offer him thus far have been smaller schools, but Tannor has picked up traction among Power 5 schools lately. Including Georgia, he also has received offers from Missouri, West Virginia and Kansas since late February.
Tannor is the 31st defensive end to receive an offer from Tennessee in the Class of 2018. He’s also the 42nd offer extended to a player from the state of Georgia in the class, second only to Florida prospects and nearly twice as many offers as the Vols have doled out to in-state products.
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