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Tennessee Hosts Talented Group of Prospects in Pruitt’s First Week Back

Tennessee Hosts Talented Group of Prospects in Pruitt’s First Week Back

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Following Jeremy Pruitt’s national championship game and celebration early this week, Tennessee’s new head coach and staff are bowing up for a big recruiting visit less than a month before the February 7 signing day.

Official Visitors

All rankings are 247 Sports Composite rankings unless otherwise noted.

JJ Peterson (Vol commit) – 4 star LB

Quay Walker (Bama commit) – 4 star LB

Warren Thompson – 4 star WR

Geordon Porter – 3 star WR

C’Bo Flemister – 3 star RB

Eddie Smith – 3 star CB

Mike Williams – 3 star DL

Brandon Aiyuk – 2 star WR

Kurott Garland – DL, ranking not listed

Jordan Young – (Update Jan. 19, 2018 1:58 p.m.: Young is now a 4-star WR according to 247Sports.)

Notes: Flemister is a Georgia Tech pledge who delayed his signing in December after getting a Tennessee offer, and he would add some much-needed depth to a backfield that just lost John Kelly to the NFL Draft. Walker has a solid connection with Pruitt, and he and Peterson would combine for an impressive linebacker tandem to sign after Pruitt’s short two months on the job.

Tennessee is hosting plenty of wide receiver talent, none more impressive than Thompson, who is one of the top wide receivers in the south. There weren’t too many surprises in that list, but the unofficial list is where things get fun.

Unoffical Visitors

Owen Pappoe (GA)- 5 star LB, class of 2019,

Quavaris Crouch (NC)- 5 star RB, class of 2019

Bryn Tucker (Knoxville Catholic, TN)- 4 star OT as ranked by 247Sports, class of 2020

Stiles Moore (Knoxville Catholic, TN)- OL, ranking not listed, class of 2020

Cooper Mays (Knoxville Catholic, TN)- OL, ranking not listed, class of 2020

Jackson Lampley (Montgomery Bell Academy, TN)- 4 star OT, class of 2019

Darnell Wright (WV)- 4 star OT, class of 2019

Jaylen McCollough (GA)- 4 star DB, class of 2019

Jalyn Phillips (GA)- 4 star DB, class of 2019

Kenyatta Watson (GA)- 4 star DB, class of 2019

Wanya Morris (GA)- 4 star OT, class of 2019

Ronald Thompkins (GA)- 4 star ATH, class of 2019

Kevin Harris (GA)- 4 star LB, class of 2019

Kenyon Jackson (GA)- 4 star WR, class of 2019

Notes: There’s more talent here than Tennessee has hosted in weekend in a while. Two schools are sending a combined nine of 14 of the unofficial visitors: Knoxville Catholic is sending three while Grayson High School in Georgia is sending an eyebrow-raising six.

The Vols are hitting the offensive line and safety position hard for the 2019 class. With Micah Abernathy and Todd Kelly Jr. gone after next season, Pruitt and company know the importance of lining up depth in the secondary (the same goes for offensive line, especially at tackle.)

The real gems of the day come from a surprise visit from Crouch, Pappoe’s appearance in Knoxville and the loaded talent from the state of Georgia. Crouch is the No. 3 running back in the country for next year’s class while Pappoe is ranked the No. 1 linebacker and No. 5 overall prospect in the class of 2019.

To compete with Kirby Smart and his runner-up Bulldogs, the Vols are hosting six teammates from Grayson, all of whom are ranked 4-star athletes by 247Sports’ composite rankings. A good impression this weekend could pay huge dividends for the coaching staff, especially if more than one of the Grayson teammates enjoy their time on Rocky Top.

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