The abrupt end to Binjimen Victor’s recruitment has Tennessee looking elsewhere to find a top-flight receiver.
The four-star prospect from Coconut Creek (Fla.) High School decided to end his recruitment just as it was gaining steam. Victor suddenly committed to Ohio State on Monday with little warning.
Perhaps Victor just decided definitevely he wanted to be at Ohio State? Perhaps he and the Vols didn’t mesh during his official visit last weekend. Nevertheless, Tennessee is still on the prowl for at least one more receiver to add to the 2016 class.
Fortunately for the Vols, there are actually some higher-rated prospects still on the board. So while Tennessee may have missed out on Victor, there is reason to be optimistic that the Vols are swinging for the fences and that Victor’s loss wasn’t a huge one behind closed doors.
Here are four primary candidates the Vols are chasing:
Marquez Callaway – Warner Robins (Ga.) High School
Callaway took his official visit to Tennessee last weekend and left impressed. However, the 6-foot-2, 177-pound prospect declined to name the Vols as his leader until he takes his official visits to Mississippi State and Ole Miss on Jan. 22 and Jan. 29, respectively. Out of the remaining receiver prospects on Tennessee’s board, Callaway seems the most likely to end up a Vol. He is the No. 4 athlete prospect in the country and the No. 13 overall prospect in Georgia.
Mykel Jones – Patterson (La.) High School
Jones is slated to take his official visit to Tennessee this weekend. It’s a busy month. The four-star prospect took an official visit to Alabama last weekend and will take his official visit to Ole Miss on Jan. 29. The Vols are in the running, but the competition is incredibly fierce for the 6-foot, 180-pound prospect. Jones is the No. 44 receiver in the country and the No. 12 overall prospect in Louisiana.
Keyshawn “Pie” Young – Miami (Fla.) High School
This is the longest shot on the board for the Vols since they haven’t secured an official visit. For now, the Vols have to be considered out of the running for the 5-11, 175-pound prospect unless they can convince him to change up his official visit schedule. His last two official visits are slated for trips to Florida State and Alabama during the next two weekends. The three-star Young is the No. 66 receiver in the country and the No. 56 overall prospect in Florida.
Ahmmon Richards – Wellington High School (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
This 6-2, 171-pound receiver is one of the most sought-after wideouts in the Southeast. Richards took an official visit to Auburn in November. He took an official visit to Miami last weekend and will take an official visit on Alabama this weekend. Along with Tennessee, those are thought to be the primary schools in the running for Richards, who will take his official visit to Tennessee on Jan. 29. That gives the Vols the last visit before National Signing Day on Feb. 3. Richards is the No. 30 receiver in the nation and the No. 24 prospect in Florida.