Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Check out previous editions here. In this edition, we discuss Tennessee turning its attention to the potentially great Class of 2019.
The shift to the Class of 2019
The Tennessee coaching staff has turned the 2018 recruiting class into one of the best hauls in the country. Coach Butch Jones and company have secured a top-10 class this cycle, with the potential of possibly growing to top 5. The Vols have commitments from 23 prospects and the class has only about two spots left until it’s complete.
Tennessee will turn its attention to retaining the key pieces of this recruiting class. If it can keep all the blue-chip prospects currently committed, then the rest of the class won’t be too hard to fill with potential fliers.
The focus then will shift to the Class of 2019, which has the potential to be even better for the Vols.
Tennessee holds three commitments right now in the next recruiting cycle, but even those aren’t completely locked down yet.
Wide receiver commit Cameron Wynn told SEC Country he still listens to other schools when they call.
“I’m still solid on Tennessee,” Wynn said. “My recruitment is still open.”
He did rave about Knoxville and the fans on Rocky Top, which has helped set the school apart throughout the recruiting process.
“I just love that community. It’s so intense and so hype, they always want me to be a Vol no matter what.”
I’m not worried about Wynn keeping his recruitment open at the moment. It would be silly for any player his age to shut it down completely this far away from signing day. Plenty can happen and it’s healthy keep a few lines of communication open.
Wynn rates as 4-star prospect and ranks as the No. 324 prospect in the country and the No. 32 athlete in his class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Athlete Te’Cory Couch and wide receiver TJ Sheffield join Wynn as the other current commitments in the Class of 2019.
The in-state crop
Jones has made it a point to own in-state recruiting in Tennessee once again. The Vols have commitments from the six of the top nine prospects in the Volunteer State, according to SEC Country’s rankings.
Owning the in-state talent will be even more important going forward as the state continues to grow as a hotbed for top-tier recruits. Jones will need to try to set up a fence around the Nashville area especially.
The Class of 2019 might feature the most talented in-state group of players to date.
Wynn plays for Notre Dame Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Sheffield plays for Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, Tenn., about a 30-minute drive south of Nashville.
Jones has already jumped out to an early good start with in-state players. He will need to continue the trend as he takes back the Volunteer State in recruiting.
Recruiting opening up
One reason Tennessee stood out on the recruiting trail during the Class of 2018 cycle was the tireless hard work of the coaching staff. In particular, the efforts of offensive line coach Walt Wells have made many strong impressions.
Wells will commonly text or reach out in some form to the recruits every morning.
The hard work paid off in 2018 and the same formula is being applied to the Class of 2019 cycle, as well.
Sept. 1 marked the end of the dead period for talking to the Class of 2019 recruits, and the Vols coaching staff hit the ground running.
Wanna shoutout Bama,Tennessee ,Clemson and Kentucky goin all in Early…..🙌🏾🙌🏾 #processgettinreal
— Adonis Otey (@d1dizzle) September 1, 2017
— Trey Knox (@Fbu1Tk) September 1, 2017
— Tj Sheffield (@the_tj2) September 2, 2017
Defensive back Adonis Otey will be important to try to bring back on board for Tennessee. He committed to Tennessee early, then backed off his commitment over the summer.
Otey rates as a 4-star prospect and ranks as the No. 15 corner in the class and the ninth-best player in the state, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Wide receiver Trey Knox is another top prospect in the Class of 2019. He is Otey’s friend, so recruiting the both could play in the Vols’ favor. Knox rates as a 4-star prospect and the third best player in the state.
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