It’s finally here. The official visit weekend that Tennessee fans have been talking about for weeks has arrived.
Amongst the group, there will be several highly sought after, undecided prospects. Quite simply, this weekend will likely determine how the 2016 recruiting class is remembered.
Here are the three best things that could happen for Tennessee:
Derrick Brown leaves Knoxville intent on joining the Vols
Clearly, this is stating the obvious. However, there seems to be a better than average chance that a strong official visit could win Brown over. The five-star defensive tackle from Lanier High School (Sugar Hill, Ga.) told SEC Country that he’ll make his decision on Monday evening and announce which school he has chosen during a press conference at his school on Wednesday afternoon. Brown is the highest-rated prospect on Tennessee’s board. He’s the No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation and the top prospect in Georgia. If the Vols nab him, it would be arguably their biggest win over the Bulldogs since they secured running back Jamal Lewis, safety Deon Grant and offensive lineman Cosey Coleman in 1997.
Nigel Warrior realizes his father’s legacy is important
Former Vols great Dale Carter was a fan favorite on a team that had more than its fair share of superstars. Warrior would instantly become a fan favorite just like his father. Also, there are plenty of logical reasons for the four-star safety from Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.) to see Tennessee as a perfect fit. The Vols lose two senior safeties from last year’s team. Evan Berry is expected to step in at one position, but the other is wide open. Warrior’s physical style would be a perfect match for Berry’s speed.
Landon Dickerson decides to stay close to home
Aside from football, think of all the reasons Dickerson could fall in love with Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend. The four-star offensive lineman from South Caldwell High School (Hudson, N.C.) loves the outdoors and wants to be close to home. The Vols can offer all of that. Dickerson said he’s been to Tennessee’s campus nearly 10 times so obviously there’s interest. Florida State has long been thought to be one of his two leaders, along with the Vols, but Tallahassee, Fla., is much further away from Dickerson’s hometown. Securing Dickerson would also mean topping Alabama, which seems to have become a bit of a darkhorse lately.
LB Daniel Bituli – Nashville (Tenn.) Christian High School
LB Ja’Quain Blakely – Colquitt County High School (Moultrie, Ga.)
TE Devante Brooks – St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.)
DT Derrick Brown – Lanier High School (Sugar Hill, Ga.)
CB Tyler Byrd – Naples (Fla.) High School
OL Landon Dickerson – South Caldwell High School (Hudson, N.C.)
RB Carlin Fils-Aime – Naples (Fla.) High School
QB Jarrett Guarantano – Bergen Catholic High School (Oradell, N.J.)
WR Corey Henderson – Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.)
RB Zack Moss – Hallandale High School (Hialeah, Fla.)
TE Austin Pope – Christian (Knoxville, Tenn.) Academy
S Nigel Warrior – Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.)