KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Just three days ago, I noted that “there’s a lot of moving pieces with Tennessee’s offensive line board right now. Stay tuned.”
The first domino dropped Thursday.
Roswell (Ga.) offensive lineman Jordan Tucker, a 3-star prospect, decommitted in a tweet, saying he “needs more time to go through the process.”
Just need more time to process things pic.twitter.com/smg8qakRII
— jordan tucker (@jordant9779) October 13, 2016
Tucker hails from a powerhouse program in Georgia and just two weeks ago he told me his visit for the Florida game was “the best experience” of his life.
The 6-foot-7, 335-pound recruit was ranked the No. 74 offensive tackle in the country, and the Volunteers have not-so-quietly been looking to upgrade at the position.
On Saturday, the Volunteers will unofficially host 5-star tackle Trey Smith for the third time this season, while recent South Carolina decommitt T.J. Moore will also visit for the Alabama game. Moore committed to USCe over Tennessee in August, but now the Volunteers could be the team to beat for the 4-star guard from North Carolina. Smith, an in-state product from University School, remains Tennessee’s most coveted remaining target.
Meanwhile, 3-star offensive tackle Jerry Drake Jr., a product from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.), will make an official visit to UT this weekend.
Tennessee also recently extended an offer to 4-star California tackle Aaron Banks and continue to show love to LSU tackle commit Saahdiq Charles and Army All-American offensive lineman Chuck Filiaga.
The 3-star tackle Riley Locklear (Spring Valley, W.Va.) is now Tennessee’s lone OL commit, and the Vols would like to sign around four this class.
Tennessee now has 24 commits in its Class of 2017, and considering the number of prospects the Volunteers continue to target, more turnover is expected over the next several months.