Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Check out previous editions here. In this edition, we discuss Tennessee and National Signing Day on Wednesday.
Tennessee has three commits right now who haven’t signed. Outside linebacker JJ Peterson should sign with the Vols on Wednesday without much drama. He committed to the Vols on Jan. 6 before even coming to campus. A flip would be pretty shocking.
The other commits will be more interesting to watch. Running back Anthony Grant will announce his final decision at some point Wednesday between the Vols, North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia Tech.
Wide receiver Jordan Young has gone silent with interviews after the weekend to make his final decision. He will choose between the Vols and Florida State. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver took an official visit to Tallahassee, Fla., over the weekend and came away with a lot to consider. I’m not sure he even knows what he’ll decide at this point.
Here’s who has planned announcements of their final decisions on Wednesday:
- Taiyon Palmer, 4-star CB: 8 a.m. ET (schools in the mix: Tennessee, Nebraska, N.C. State)
- Eddie Smith, 3-star CB: 9 a.m ET (Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State)
- Quay Walker, 4-star OLB: 10 a.m. ET (Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama)
- Glenn Beal, 3-star TE, New Orleans: 1 p.m. ET (Tennessee, LSU, Texas A&M)
- Olaijah Griffin, 5-star CB: 1 p.m. ET hour on ESPN2 (Tennessee, Alabama, USC)
- Jacob Copeland, 4-star WR: 1 p.m. ET hour on ESPN2 (Tennessee, Alabama, Florida)
Tennessee is trying to close strong with the Class of 2018. The Vols impressed during the early signing period.
Coach Jeremy Pruitt will try to pull off some more Signing Day heroics.
Who’s trending up and who’s trending down for Tennessee going into the Signing Day announcements?
Walker: The Alabama commit will likely choose between the Vols and Georgia on Wednesday. He is coming off an official trip to Athens, Ga. I feel pretty good about Walker heading into the final stretch of his recruiting. Walker has a good relationship with Pruitt and Peterson. Walker and Peterson would lay the foundation for an impressive future linebacking core.
Taylor-Stuart: Tennessee is in desperate need of a cornerback of Taylor-Stuart’s caliber. He is a 4-star prospect who could come in and play immediately. The Vols seem to be in good position as Alabama and USC seem to be looking elsewhere right now heading into National Signing Day.
Palmer: N.C. State is the team to beat here, but the Vols are continuing their pursuit. If there was a little bit more time, then maybe things would look better for the Vols. There still is a chance, though, and Tennessee won’t give up until he signs elsewhere.
Griffin: If National Signing Day came a month earlier, then Griffin very well could end up on Rocky Top. Now, it appears USC will be his final decision. This isn’t the end of the world; it’s hard to close out prospects in Southern California against USC. Coming so close probably will sting with the coaching staff.
Copeland: One of Pruitt’s biggest fans is Copeland. He immediately moved Tennessee into the running following Pruitt’s hire. Copeland took an official visit to Knoxville, but it appears it wasn’t enough to keep the Vols in serious contention. I believe he will end up signing with Florida.
Smith: Tennessee couldn’t even secure an in-home visit with Smith last week. He seems likely bound for Alabama. The silver lining is this might lead to a bit of a numbers crunch for the Crimson Tide. This could put the Vols in an even better spot to land Taylor-Stuart.
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