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. Today, we discuss where the Vols stand with offensive line recruit Jerome Carvin, Alabama-commit Jordan Davis’ tweet and a look at Vols-commit Michael Penix.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In-state offensive line recruit Jerome Carvin attended Orange Carpet Day and left uncommitted from the weekend.
He spoke with WMNL’s Josh Ward on the Tennessee football podcast Tuesday about his visit and what remains important to him in his recruitment. The interview begins at the 19:00-minute mark.
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Carvin goes into a lot of topics in the interview.
He had a good time on his Orange Capet Day visit.
“It was definitely one of the best visits I went on,” Carvin told Ward.
Maybe the biggest takeaway, Carvin will be traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., in July and possibly another time in the same month. The offensive lineman tweeted his top-10 list recently, but the Crimson Tide stand out as Tennessee’s main competition.
Carvin’s mother making the trip to Knoxville for the first time can only be a positive for the Vols. His dad had come to the campus before.
In the interview, it becomes clear his parents will have influence in his final decision.
“I know they have my best interest in hand,” Carvin said. “I know they are going to tell me the truth and tell me what’s best for me and guide me in the right direction.”
Carvin, a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive tackle, talks to the Tennessee coaches every day.
Offensive line coach Walt Wells receives praise for his ability to connect with the recruits he comes in contact with. Wells sends Carvin, as well as other recruits, inspirational quotes throughout the week.
Another person, Cade Mays, recruiting Carvin plays football a few minutes down the road from Neyland Stadium.
Mays, a 5-star offensive lineman, per the 247Sports Composite rankings, will be the crown jewel of the recruiting class and he is doing his part in to bring in other players.
“I hear from Cade Mays probably the most,” Carvin said. “We talked a lot, him and (Tennessee commit) Adrian Martinez talked a lot during Orange Carpet Day.”
Tennessee will have to out-muscle Alabama for the 3-star offensive linemen, but a successful Orange Carpet Day could go a long way in landing the in-state prospect.
Jordan Davis locked in on Alabama
Alabama 4-star defensive line commit Jordan Davis made the trip to Knoxville from Memphis along with Carvin.
Orange Carpet Day doesn’t seem to have been enough to sway Davis off his commitment, though.
He tweeted Monday night his level of commitment to the Crimson Tide.
— Jordan Davis‼️ (@jlpdavis99) June 19, 2017
In the Facebook Live I did once Orange Carpet Day ended, people asked if I thought Davis may change his mind.
I did not think he would but noted it didn’t hurt Tennessee he visited the campus and took the time to drive up to Knoxville.
Tennessee flipping Davis from Alabama was a long shot from the beginning. Now, it seems impossible.
Micheal Penix Jr. looks good
— Ty Timmons (@TheRTIChallenge) June 20, 2017
Martinez can overshadow Penix, from Tampa, Fla., but both seem to have the abilities to compete with one another once they step foot on campus.
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