Tennessee’s junior day on Saturday will be about more than just juniors. The Vols will host some of the top prospects from around the region and from all high school grade levels.
The highest-rated prospect in the state of Tennessee, JaCoby Stevens, is scheduled to be in town. The five-star prospect from Oakland High School (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) is the No. 1 rated athlete prospect in the country and No. 1 overall prospect in the state. He has shown strong interest in Georgia lately.
One of the highest-rated prospects scheduled to be in Knoxville, Tenn., is four-star defensive lineman Eric Crosby from Ocean Lakes High School (Virginia Beach, Va.). Crosby is quickly growing into one of the top prospects in the mid-Atlantic region with Alabama, Clemson and Florida State all in pursuit. Crosby is the No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 3 prospect in Virginia.
The Vols are also scheduled to host a pair of prospects from LaVergne (Tenn.) High School: three-star receiver Princeton Fant and four-star athlete Maleik Gray. Both are high priorities. Gray is the No. 3 athlete prospect in the country and the No. 3 prospect in Tennessee. The Vols will also host four-star running back Ty Chandler from Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.). He is rated the No. 5 running back in the nation and the No. 5 prospect in Tennessee.
The Vols also have a chance to recoup Tee Higgins’ interest. The four-star receiver from Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High School was a longtime Tennessee commitment before decommitting earlier this month. Higgins has said he hasn’t ruled out the Vols. Clemson is thought to be in strong position.
While Tennessee’s visitors will be heavy on skill position players, there will be plenty of big guys, such as three-star defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier from Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) and four-star offensive lineman Trey Smith from University School (Jackson, Tenn.).
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Reitmaier is rated the No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 8 overall prospect in Tennessee by 247 Sports. He told SEC Country recently that he is primarily considering Tennessee and Duke. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Smith is the No. 9 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 4 overall prospect in Tennessee. He has strong ties to Alabama and approximately 20 scholarship offers.
Three-star athlete Chase Hayden from St. George’s (Collierville, Tenn.) told SEC Country he hopes to make the trip to Knoxville if his basketball schedule will allow it. Hayden is the son of former Tennessee standout tailback Aaron Hayden.
Here are some other notable visitors scheduled to come in this weekend that have reported offers from Tennessee. All are 2017 prospects unless otherwise noted:
Three-star DB T.J. Carter – Hendersonville (Tenn.) High School
Three-star DL Ben Hutch – Hillsborough High School (Nashville, Tenn.)
Four-star WR Camron Johnson – Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy – 2018
DB Jaylon King – Ensworth School (Nashville, Tenn.) – 2018 – (Not yet rated)
DL D’Andre Litaker – Oakland High School (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) – 2018 – (Not yet rated)
ATH Adonis Otey – Blackman High School (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) – 2019 – (Not yet rated)
Four-star ATH Alontae Taylor – Coffey County Central High School (Manchester, Tenn.) – 2018
DB Wesley Walker – Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.) School – 2019 – (Not yet rated)
ATH Jashon Watkins – East Nashville (Tenn.) High School – 2019 – (Not yet rated)
Here are some prospects that could garner scholarship offers from the Vols:
DL Joe Anderson – Seigel High School (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) – 2019 – (Not yet rated)
Three-star RB Antwuan Branch – Kenwood High School (Clarksville, Tenn.)
Three-star TE LaTrell Bumphus – Hardin County High School (Savannah, Tenn.)
OL Dakota Davis – Bearden High School (Knoxville, Tenn.) – (Not yet rated)
Three-star OL Obinna Eze – Davidson Academy – (Nashville, Tenn.)
ATH Theo Jackson – Overton High School (Nashville, Tenn.) – (Not yet rated)
Three-star DB Rodney Owens – Ensworth School (Nashville, Tenn.)
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite unless otherwise noted.