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The Vols added 3-star receiver Joshua Palmer on Tuesday, giving Tennessee’s recruiting class four wideouts four 2017.
With 28 commits in the fold, it’s easy to assume the Vols would be done at the position.
While Palmer joins 3-stars Jordan Murphy, Jacquez Jones and Princeton Fant, Tennessee continues to target 3-star Jordan Pouncey of Winter Park (Fla.). As a senior, the hybrid tailback/receiver had more than 1,500 all-purpose yards with 13 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver was committed to Notre Dame before reopening his recruitment several weeks ago.
The Vols are battling Miami and Texas for Pouncey’s services, with most believing he’ll end up in the Longhorns class after visiting Austin last weekend.
Pouncey has hosted Tennessee receivers coach Zach Azzanni multiple times this month, and on Wednesday, Azzanni, offensive coordinator Larry Scott and head coach Butch Jones went in-home with the wideout.
— PounceyNumbaSeven™ (@_pouncey) January 26, 2017
The Vols don’t appear to have a spot for Pouncey, so their continued interest could mean a couple things.
1. They’ll make room (doubtful)
2. They’re looking for an upgrade (possible)
3. They’re preparing for potential attrition (most likely)
The most plausible scenario is Tennessee doing its due diligence with Pouncey, as a pair of other receiver commits aren’t totally locked down yet.
Jones and Murphy could each visit an in-state school this weekend, and while the Vols hope to hang on to both prospects, they need to have contingency plans in place.
On Sunday, Jones said he was “110 percent committed,” but the Clearwater (Fla.) standout has continued to listen to pitches from South Florida and UCF. Meanwhile, Ole Miss has upped its pressure on Murphy. The Hattiesburg (Miss.) playmaker is among the Vols most underrated commits and would be a big loss to the class if he flipped or did not qualify academically.
Pouncey plans to take his final official visit to Tennessee this weekend. He’s scheduled for an announcement on National Signing Day, so it will be interesting to see what happens elsewhere and how hard the Vols push for Pouncey this weekend.
Rocky Top in a couple days!!!!! #GBO@??
— PounceyNumbaSeven™ (@_pouncey) January 25, 2017
Vols hand out more 2018 offers
In the last couple of days, Tennessee coaches have extended scholarships to a couple junior defensive backs. Here are the 2018 prospects who now hold Vols offers…
* 4-star safety Nadab Joseph of Miami Edison (Fla.). The 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior is an LSU commit and holds more than 20 offers already from schools like Florida, Florida State and Georgia.
— Nadab Joseph (@nadabjoseph) January 24, 2017
* 3-star corner Corione Harris of Landry-Walker in New Orleans. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound prospect is a former LSU commit, who holds offers from Oklahoma, Florida, Auburn and others.
* 3-star corner Trent Gordon of Manvel (Texas). The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back holds early scholarships from LSU, Michigan, Texas A&M, Penn State and UCLA, among others.
— SAVAGE 1️⃣8️⃣ (@_TRENTG_) January 24, 2017
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