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Tennessee hosted some top targets last weekend and made a solid impression. The Vols won’t host as many high-profile names this weekend, but it is just as important.
The Vols hold 17 commitments in the Class of 2018 and the coaching staff would like to get that number up to 23-25 on National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
Let’s break down some of the official visitors this weekend and what the Vols will be hoping to accomplish.
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Tennessee received a commitment from Anthony Grant in June. He has been steady in his commitment, but this weekend will be a little different than most official visits because the Vols and Grant seem to be feeling each other out to see if this is the right fit.
The running back from Buford, Ga., has picked up interest from Virginia Tech and North Carolina recently.
He said throughout the coaching search that he would remain solidly committed to Tennessee, and if the new coaching staff wanted him he’d happily come aboard. The new staff has openly recruited other running backs.
Grant will be an interesting prospect to follow If he comes away from the weekend happy with the coaches’ plans for him, expect him to stick around. If not, he’ll likely de-commit. There are contingency plans in place, though.
If you want a look at a prospect completely under the radar, Trevon Flowers is your man. He isn’t even rated by 247Sports.
Flowers is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety from Tucker, Ga. Tennessee doesn’t hold a commitment from a defensive back in this class and that needs to change. Flowers could be the first commit to come around in the position group.
The Vols went in-home with him on Thursday.
— Trevon Flowers (@tresmoove1) January 18, 2018
Nikko Hall played for Calabasas High School in California for Casey and Rick Clausen. Even though there is quite a bit of distance, there is a Tennessee connection with the Clausens.
Hall plays safety and would fill a need for the Vols, much like Flowers.
He has official visits lined up at Illinois and Nebraska the next two weekends. Hall clearly doesn’t have an issue with playing far from home.
Dylan Wonnum is a teammate of Flowers and they will be on campus together. He is a 4-star offensive tackle who possibly could help the Vols immediately up front.
There is plenty of work to be done on this one, though. He’s taking a trip to South Carolina next weekend. The Gamecocks appear to hold a lead at this point.
The opportunity of early playing time is enticing for any prospect. Offensive line coach Will Friend is an impressive recruiter, according to the prospects I’ve talked with.
Wonnum committing would be a surprise.
Tre’Harrison is a Seattle, Wash., native and is taking the trip across the country to Rocky Top. He is a 4-star athlete with elite speed. He’d likely play wide receiver for Tennessee if he commits.
The 6-2, 190-pound speedster is a former Oregon commit who appears to be close with Willie Taggart. His interest in Oregon remains, but Florida State is now in the picture because of Taggart.
This would be a major win for the Vols if they could swing a commitment.
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