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After two stacked visitor weekends, Tennessee will host just a few prospects, mainly commits, on the final weekend before National Signing Day. The dead period starts Sunday at midnight, so Vols coaches could remain out on the road, too.
Tennessee’s last two OV weekends have netted a total of three commits, with defensive end Ryan Thaxton, tailback Timothy Jordan and wideout Joshua Palmer all joining the class.
Right now, just one confirmed uncommitted target will trip to Knoxville this weekend, but could there be others?
Here’s what you need to know about the weekend…
*** UNCOMMITTED TARGETS ***
* 3-star receiver Jordan Pouncey (Winter Park, Fla.)
National ranking: No. 729 nationally, No. 105 receiver
Also considering: Texas, Miami
What to watch: The Vols already have four wideouts in the 2017 class, but they’ve continued to recruit and target Pouncey even after Palmer committed on Tuesday. Tennessee coaches, including Butch Jones, went in-home with with Sunshine State playmaker on Wednesday, locking down this weekend’s visit.
Now, it’s unclear if the Vols actually have a spot for Pouncey. Right now, it seems like they’re doing their due diligence in case any commits (Jordan Murphy or Jacquez Jones) flip late. Ultimately, I don’t see Pouncey ending up in the class.
*** Florida receiver commit Daquon Green planned to come to Knoxville this weekend, but the 4-star wideout cancelled his OV to Tennessee on Thursday night.
*** JUCO tailback/athlete Octavius Matthews decommitted from Auburn on Thursday. The 3-star prospect is tentatively scheduled to take an official visit to Tennessee this weekend, but SEC Country sources would be surprised if the visit actually happens. Matthews does not hold an offer from the Vols and is likely to end up at Kansas or Purdue.
*** COMMITS ***
In addition to Pouncey, several Vols commits will also take visits to Knoxville this weekend.
* 3-star receiver Princeton Fant (LaVergne, Tenn.)
* 3-star offensive tackle K’Rojhn Calbert (Warren County, Tenn.)
* 3-star athlete LaTrell Bumphus (Hardin County, Tenn.)
* 3-star kicker Brent Cimaglia (Fred Page, Tenn.)
Fant took an unofficial visit to Tennessee a couple weeks ago, joining teammate and Vols safety commit Maleik Gray on his official visit to Knoxville. He returns with his mom this weekend. Calbert and Bumphus attended multiple Vols games in the fall.
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