With National Signing Day just two days away, there are still plenty of potential developments that could make or break Tennessee’s class. The Vols currently rank No. 21, but would ideally like to land among the top-15 classes in the nation.
Here are four things to keep an eye on:
Was Derrick Brown’s tweet a hint?
The defensive lineman from Lanier High School (Sugar Hill, Ga.) tweeted out the lyrics to “Rocky Top” shortly after his official visit to Tennessee this weekend. Perhaps the five-star defensive tackle was just having fun. Perhaps it was a sign of things to come. We’ll know on Wednesday when he announces his decision at 3 p.m. ET. Brown, who is the No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation and the top prospect in Georgia, has said he won’t be granting any interviews before his decision. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound prospect is also primarily considering Alabama and Auburn.
Will Alabama steal Landon Dickerson?
Dickerson, who is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds seemed smitten with the Vols when he took several visits to Tennessee last summer and fall. After his official visit to Tennessee this weekend, the four-star prospect is down to Tennessee, Alabama and Florida State. The Vols are still in the running but seem to have slipped a bit for Dickerson, who is the No. 4 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 2 prospect in North Carolina. Curiously, Tennessee coach Butch Jones didn’t visit Dickerson in January.
Where are the Vols in the hunt for Nigel Warrior?
Warrior hasn’t done any interviews lately and even when he did, he didn’t say much. The 5-foot-11, 189-pound safety from Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.) would be a somewhat surprising, late addition to the Vols’ 2016 class, as he is thought to be leaning toward Georgia or Alabama. However, his father, former Tennessee defensive back Dale Carter, seemed to hint last week that his son could end up a Vol.
Where will the Vols rank?
After two stellar recruiting classes, there are plenty of fans that are concerned about this year’s class. That’s understandable, especially if the Vols miss out on their top prospects. However, there is plenty of reason to be excited about this class if the Vols can close out strong. Brown, Dickerson and Warrior would certainly help.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.