While most Tennessee eyes are on the Outback Bowl, there’s another bowl worth watching in Florida this week.
There will be a handful of Tennessee prospects competing in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2. Here are who the Vols will be keeping a close eye on:
Carlos Becker, CB – The Vols are working to get in the hunt for this 3-star defensive back from Osceola High School (Kissimmee, Fla.). While it may be too late, the Vols are trying to get Becker to take an official visit in January. However, Becker already has his final three official visits set, to Florida State (Jan. 15), Ohio State (Jan. 22) and Ole Miss (Jan. 29).
Landon Dickerson, OL – The competition is fierce for this 4-star offensive tackle prospect from South Caldwell High School (Hudson, N.C.). He is still considering Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee. The Vols have yet to secure an official visit from Dickerson. However, he has taken multiple trips to the school.
Jarrett Guarantano, QB (Tennessee commit) – This week should be an opportunity for Guarantano to help the Vols by recruiting other prospects. Even if Guarantano doesn’t convince anyone to commit, a good showing in practice this week can help lessen the perception that Tennessee’s recruiting is sliding. The 4-star prospect from Bergen Catholic High School (Oradell, N.J.) has been committed to Tennessee since April and hasn’t wavered, even when others have.
Marquill Osborne, CB (Tennessee commit) – Like Guarantano, Osborne should be able to help Tennessee recruit other prospects during all-star festivities this week. The 4-star defensive back from William Amos Hough (Cornelius, N.C.) has stuck with the Vols even after Tennessee lost his main recruiter, special teams/tight ends coach Mark Elder, to Eastern Kentucky, where he’ll be the head coach. Osborne has a strong affinity for Tennessee. That passion could translate to other prospects.
Cavin Ridley, WR – It’s reasonable to think Ridley will end up playing with his brother, freshman receiver Calvin Ridley, at Alabama. However, the younger Ridley has maintained that won’t determine his decision. Ridley is still considering Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina and, of course, the Crimson Tide. The 4-star receiver from Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School could announce his decision during the broadcast of the game.
UPDATE: Ridley announced Monday that Alabama and South Carolina are his two finalists.