KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers.
On Thursday, I updated where Tennessee stood on official visitors, early enrollees and more. It’s an informative piece, so give it a read.
Today (and every Friday until National Signing Day) is a quick snapshot on Tennessee’s 2017 class. Where it’s ranked? Top commits? Top Targets? And more.
Where is Tennessee’s class ranked?
No. 11 nationally, No. 6 in the SEC
Who are Tennessee’s top commitments?
* No. 26 overall Trey Smith, a 5-star offensive tackle from University School of Jackson (Tn.)
* No. 63 overall Maleik Gray, a 4-star safety from LaVergne (Tn.)
* No. 73 overall Ty Chandler, a 4-star tailback from Montgomery Bell Academy (Tn.)
* No. 228 overall Eric Crosby, a 4-star defensive tackle from Ocean Lakes (Va.)
* No. 295 overall Will Ignont, a 4-star linebacker from Buckhorn (Ala.)
Who committed to Tennessee this week?
Johnson gives Tennessee another quality body along the defensive line, while McBride finally fills a void at quarterback in the 2017 class.
Who decommitted from Tennessee this week?
The Vols parted ways with a pair of defensive prospects in the last week, as 3-star Salem (Ga.) linebacker Mo Burnam reopened his recruitment on Dec. 12 following an official visit to Indiana.
A day later, 3-star defensive end Tre Lawson decommitted. The North Augusta (S.C.) product will likely visit Louisville and FSU in January.
Who are Tennessee’s top uncommitted targets?
* No. 4 overall Cam Akers, a 5-star running back from Clinton (Miss.)
* No. 50 overall Lamont Wade, a 5-star corner from Clariton (Pa.)
* No. 290 overall T.J. Moore, a 4-star offensive guard from Mallard Creek (N.C.)
* No. 333 overall Yusuf Corer, a 3-star cornerback from Woodland (Ga.)
* No. 524 overall Matthew Butler, a 3-star defensive end from Garner (N.C.)
Quarterback (1) — Will McBride (Clear Springs, Texas)
Running back (2) — Ty Chandler (Montgomery Bell Academy), Trey Coleman (West Monroe, La.)
Tight end (1) — James Brown (Jones, Fla.)
Receiver (3) — Jordan Murphy (Hattiesburg, Miss.), Princeton Fant (LaVergne), Jacquez Jones (Clearwater, Fla.)
Offensive line (3) — Riley Locklear (Spring Valley, W.Va.), K’Rojhn Calbert (Warren County), Trey Smith (University School)
Defensive line (5) — Kivon Bennett (St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.), Eric Crosby (Ocean Lakes, Va.), Marquez Bembry (Mount Vernon Presbyterian, Ga.), Tre Lawson (North Augusta, S.C.), Latrell Bumphus (Hardin County)
Linebacker (4) — Jaquan Henderson (Newton, Ga.), Solon Page III (Kell, Ga.), Will Ignont (Buckhorn, Ala.), Shanon Reid (Dunbar, Fla.)
Defensive back (5) — Maleik Gray (LaVergne), Theo Jackson (Overton), Cheyenne Labruzza (Albany, La.), Shawn Shamburger (Colquitt County, Ga.), Terrell Bailey (John Ehret, La.)
Kicker (1) — Brent Cimaglia (Fred J Page)
West Virginia (1)
Early offers handed out
With the flurry of activity in the last 10 days, now’s a good time to catch up on some recent offers Tennessee extended in the last week.
The Vols handed out several offers including …
* 2018 safety Gurvan Hall — A 4-star prospect with ore than two dozen offers. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound defensive back stared for Palm Beach Lakes (Fla.).
* 2018 tight end Jacob Warren — A unrated prospect in Tennessee’s backyard. The Farragut High product already holds scholarships from Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Texas San Antonio.
— jacob warren (@jwarren808) December 8, 2016
* 2018 receiver Jatavious Harris — A unrated prospect from Balwdin (Ga.) High. The 6-foot-3, 184-pound recruit also holds early offers from Miami, South Carolina and Marshall.
— taye (@screamtaaye) December 15, 2016
* 2019 receiver Ramel Keyton — A unrated prospect from Marietta (Ga.) High. The sophomore also holds offers from Appalachian State and Syracuse.