Tennessee’s offensive depth in the 2018 signing class continued to strengthen on the first day of the early signing period following 4-star Jerome Carvin and 3-star Jeremy Banks’ announcement to sign with Tennessee.
The move follows two other offensive lineman, Tanner Antonutti and Ollie Lane, signing with Tennessee so far this morning. The pair play at Cordova High School, which lies about 20 minutes east of Memphis, and makes four of the five Vol signees so far from the state of Tennessee.
Carvin is a 4-star offensive lineman ranked by 247sports.com composite rankings as the No. 367 player in the country and No. 25 offensive tackle. He led the way for his running back and now fellow Vol, Banks, who rushed for nearly 2,000 yards this season at Cordova, according to his MaxPreps page.
Carvin isn’t going to be overlooked on the field with his 6-foot-4, 330-pound frame. What makes Carvin stand out is his explosive strength and his ability to keep his feet moving. In his senior highlights, he can quite literally toss some players to the ground with just a hip explosion and upper body strength. His strength will catch your eye, but Carvin’s technique could prove useful to a Vols’ offensive line group that hasn’t been consistent in some time.
Banks is considered a 4-star recruit by most recruiting pundits, but 247sports.com’s composite ranking of the running back puts him at the No. 536 overall player in the country and the No. 24 running back — 247sports.com’s grade of him is even worse, ranking him just outside the top 1,000 players in the country and the No. 66 running back. His MaxPreps page lists him nearly as a 2,000 yard rusher this season, missing out with an impressive 1,941 rushing yards and and whopping 9.8 yards per carry.
What Vol fans will love about Banks is his knack for finding open holes, especially because that usually ends up in a trip to the end zone. His 6-foot-2 frame makes him hard to bring down, but his speed and elusiveness in the open field is where he does most of his damage. Banks hits the holes, or he finds the holes, and then he’s not going to be caught from behind. He looks like a taller, faster Marlin Lane and runs like John Kelly. Vol fans will like this one.