Tennessee certainly helped itself this weekend as it hosted official visitors from around the region.
The Vols welcomed prospects from middle-Georgia and south Florida, which are two of the most important recruiting areas for Tennessee. Here is what the Vols were able to accomplish:
1. The Vols almost gained a commitment – or two
Tennessee needs help at defensive end; Jaquan Bailey would fill that need. The three-star prospect from Raines High School (Jacksonville, Fla.) admitted that he was close to committing to Tennessee during his weekend visit. Clearly, Bailey is a top target as the Vols were willing to offer a scholarship to his brother, defensive tackle Joshua Bailey.
Jaquan, who was previously committed to Florida, said the Vols lead for his services. Tennessee has to fend off some other schools but appears likely to add him to its 2016 class.
2 – Ma, the meatloaf!
The Vols served up a fantastic visit for Marquez Callaway. The four-star athlete from Warner Robins (Ga.) High School said he loved the food and time spent with Tennessee players during his official visit. However, the battle is far from over. Callaway still has official visits scheduled to Ole Miss and Mississippi State before he’ll announce his decision. He’s also open to taking another official visit if he can work it in before National Signing Day.
The Vols didn’t suddenly leap into the lead for Callaway as they did for Jaquan Bailey. However, they helped themselves and appear to be in a good position.
3 – Tennessee impresses one of its top receiver prospects
When it comes to a much-needed, four-star receiver, the Vols just need to stay in the running. Tennessee did just that with Binjimen Victor from Coconut Creek (Fla.) High School this weekend. Sure, the Vols should be wary about his official visit to Florida this weekend, but Tennessee still made a good impression.
Victor is one of the highest rated remaining prospects on the Vols’ board. He would make Tennessee fans feel much better about a class that many perceive as lagging.
4. Cameron Sutton is extremely helpful
Sutton seemed destined to leave Tennessee and enter the NFL when his draft stock soared early this season. That wasn’t the case as he announced he would return for his senior year last week. Sutton will almost certainly provide a boost for the Vols during the 2016 season. He already has on the recruiting trail.
Sutton was influential in two official visits this weekend. He was the official host for Callaway and made an impression on Victor. Is there anyone better to represent the Vols than a person who just passed up financial gain to help lead them?
No. 5 – A very important commitment was in town this weekend
It’s understandable if some have forgotten about Brandon Johnson, the three-star receiver from American Heritage High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). He committed to Tennessee in September and hasn’t created much news since. He’s allowed his public decision to speak for him. Johnson is an important piece of the 2016 class. He addresses a position of need and could help open a pipeline into south Florida.