KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The final rankings are out.
Offensive tackle signee Trey Smith remains the No. 1 overall player in the country, per ESPN.
“Initially size was a concern, and while he still needs to add some more mass, he has made noticeable strides in developing his frame over the past year and doing so with quality weight.
He needs to continue to refine his technique, but Smith has shown he is a big athlete with good flexibility with a tenacious style of play. With the ability to play tackle or guard, he can offer the Volunteers’ offensive line some coveted versatility and is a strong candidate to be a quick contributor.”
Smith checked in at No. 5 overall in the final 247Sports rankings. The Vols early enrollee will participate in spring practice and have a chance to carve out a spot along the offensive line for 2017.
Tennessee finished with five commits in the ESPN300, naturally headlined by Smith.
Maleik Gray, classified as an outside linebacker by ESPN, was ranked 90th overall. U.S. Army All-American tailback Ty Chandler checked in at No. 101, while defensive lineman Eric Crosby (No. 226) and LaTrell Bumphus (263rd) were also slotted inside the Top-300.
As for 247Sports updated rankings, Chandler, an in-state star from Montgomery Bell Academy, slide 17 spots to No. 77 overall national. Gray, who is listed as a safety, ranked No. 140 overall.
Meanwhile, Buckhorn (Ala.) linebacker Will Ignont checked in just outside the Top-100 (No. 115 overall), and wideout Jordan Murphy received a huge bump, appearing in the rankings for the first time at No. 233.
Finally, linebacker Shanon Reid, an early enrollee, finished inside the Top247 rankings at No. 240 overall.
Tennessee’s class, now at No. 27 commits with the addition of Virginia defensive end Ryan Thaxton on Tuesday, is ranked No. 11 nationally, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Both ESPN and Rivals rank the Vols class 10th in the country.
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