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It might sound bleak, but it is also profoundly true: Nobody will be able to fill the void left by Cade Mays in this recruiting class.
Tennessee will not be able to jump on a top-tier offensive lineman this late and receive a commitment from him. It will also not find a guy who was as important to the peer-recruiting aspect of the process, either. He was so important in the recruitment of some of the top commits in the Volunteer State, such as Greg Emerson and Alontae Taylor.
Mays rates as a 5-star prospect and ranks as the No. 15 prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. There simply isn’t a prospect of his caliber the Vols could land at this stage.
Mays seemingly de-committed because he believes he has a better chance to compete for national championships at other schools. With Clemson and Georgia putting on the full-court press, who could blame him for thinking that way?
Nevertheless, Tennessee now holds two offensive line commitments in Ollie Lane and Tanner Antonutti.
At one point, the Vols preferred to bring in four linemen but could be willing to settle for three now. With how thin the offensive line depth has been this season for the Vols, they will likely try to add two more linemen in this class.
Here are some prospects the Vols are currently pursuing:
Carvin has long been one of the top prospects for the Vols. Over the summer, it appeared Tennessee and Alabama were in the lead fighting for his commitment. The Crimson Tide, however, picked up commitments elsewhere, and it seemed like he was Tennessee’s to lose.
A few months later and the story is completely different.
Carvin has been trending Mississippi State’s way recently and has been on its campus three times this season. The Bulldogs, once perceived as a dark horse, might now be the leader.
The 6-foot-4, 330-pound offensive tackle has also received attention from Arkansas and Texas A&M. Though, the two are definitely behind in the race right now.
Tennessee has put in a lot of time and effort into Carvin, so there still is a chance to convince him to come to Knoxville. He took his official visit to campus on Sept. 30 for the 41-0 loss to Georgia, though. Not having another chance to impress him on campus could hurt the Vols’ chances.
He’s a prospect with the size to possibly compete early in his college career. Carvin told SEC Country that the coaching staff has projected him as a right tackle.
The Vols could use more depth at the tackle position heading into next season.
Tennessee recently amped up its interest in the junior college lineman. The Vols extended him an offer on Oct. 12.
He could certainly come in and relieve some depth issues since he’s older and his body is a bit more mature. Johnson stands at 6-5 and weighs 290 pounds.
Johnson will make his official visit to Tennessee for the Vanderbilt game on Nov. 25 — a week following his visit to Arkansas, according to 247Sports.
Johnson plays for Arizona Western Junior College, which Tennessee has shown an ability and affinity to recruit. Redshirt junior defensive end Jonathan Kongbo played for Arizona Western before the Vols.
Goss has been an interesting saga to follow. He committed to Florida in April, then de-committed in June.
The Vols offered Goss a scholarship on Aug. 25 and have pursued him ever since. The Valdosta, Ga., native has great size at 6-7 and 265 pounds to develop into something special down the line. His size is a big factor in teams’ interest in him.
Goss will be in Auburn this weekend for an official visit, according to SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk. The Tigers are a major contender for his commitment.
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