It’s time for the momentum to begin if Tennessee is going to close out the 2016 signing class in impressive fashion.
There are less than 20 days remaining until National Signing Day on Feb. 3 and there are only three weekends remaining to host official visitors. Simply put, there is precious time for the Vols to improve their class, which currently ranks No. 21 in the nation.
Here are the best things that could happen for Tennessee this weekend:
Secure a wide receiver commitment
The Vols are desperately searching for another wide receiver, preferably a highly-rated one, to fill out their 2016 class. Tennessee has Jeff George enrolled, while Brandon Johnson from American Heritage High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) remains committed. They still need at least one more wideout.
This weekend provides the perfect opportunity. The Vols will host two of their top remaining receiver targets in four-star prospects Marquez Callaway from Warner Robins (Ga.) High School and Binjimen Victor from Coconut Creek High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Either would fit the bill nicely.
The Vols are battling Ole Miss and Mississippi State for Callaway. As for Victor, Florida and Ohio State are the teams to beat. Both recruiting battles figure to carry on until February, but the Vols would love a commitment as soon as possible.
JaQuan Bailey commits or is at least very impressed
Bailey, a three-star defensive end from Raines High School (Jacksonville, Fla.), was once committed to Florida so he must be talented. The Vols can take advantage of whatever went sour in that relationship and pick up a much-needed, pass-rushing defensive end.
However, there’s a catch. Bailey is taking his official visit with his teammate and brother, defensive tackle Joshua Bailey. Will the Vols be asked to extend a scholarship to Joshua to secure JaQuan? If that is requested, would the Vols be willing? Tough call.
The Vols wow Baylen Buchanan for Nigel Warrior
Buchanan already loves the Vols. That’s why the three-star cornerback from Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.) committed to Tennessee on Jan. 1. Buchanan addresses an important need the Vols have at the cornerback position. His commitment was a boost to the class.
However, Buchanan could have even more of a recruiting impact. His teammate, safety Nigel Warrior, is one of Tennessee’s most significant prospects. Buchanan could certainly help the Vols, who most believe are trailing at least two schools for Warrior.
Here are this weekend’s official visitors:
- Three-star CB Baylen Buchanan – Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.)
- Three-star OT Nathan Niehaus – Colerain High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)
- Three-star WR Brandon Johnson – American Heritage High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- Four-star ATH Marquez Callaway – Warner Robins (Ga.) High School
- Three-star DT Joshua Bailey – Raines High School (Jacksonville, Fla.)
- Three-star DE JaQuan Bailey – Raines High School (Jacksonville, Fla.)
- Three-star DE Mykelle McDaniel – Grayson High School (Loganville, Ga.)
- Three-star DE Bryce Morais – Grayson High School (Loganville, Ga.)
- Four-star WR Binjimen Victor – Coconut Creek High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.”