Tennessee’s four early enrollees for next season are on campus and ready to begin classes this week. It’s a group that is expected to have an immediate impact, as evident by having three junior college prospects in the class.
The Vols need help in a handful of different areas to take the necessary step that so many believe they can. Here are the enrollees and why they’re needed as soon as possible:
WR Jeff George, Dodge City (Kansas) Junior College
At nearly 6-foot-6, George will be expected to have an immediate impact in 2016, even if it just being able to go up and win some jump-ball type situations. George will also immediately add depth to a unit that could use a boost. In a perfect world, George will be a deep threat with a consistent presence underneath.
CB Desmond “D.J.” Henderson, Dodge City (Kansas) Junior College
It’s hard to tell just how important Henderson really is until junior cornerback Cameron Sutton announces whether or not he’ll return for his senior season. Regardless, the Vols could use help at the other cornerback position even if Sutton returns.
DT Alexis Johnson, Fort Scott (Kansas) Junior College
The Vols appear close to building some fantastic young talent at defensive tackle. Still, Tennessee could use a mature player like Johnson to help carry the load. Johnson doesn’t have to be a superstar to help the Vols in 2016.
DB Marquill Osborne, William Amos Hough High School (Cornelius, N.C.)
Osborne isn’t a junior college prospect so he’s not expected to have an immediate impact. However, he’s the type of defensive back prospect the Vols can build around and mold. He has size, quickness and speed.