The 2018 Tennessee Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Tennessee Recruiting Class Overview
It was going to be a good recruiting class no matter who was the head coach, but new head man Jeremy Pruitt is going hard in a hurry. He hasn’t had any time to put in a lot of work, but Tennessee is still coming up with a fantastic haul of talent.
There’s nothing for the secondary, and the skill players are a wee bit light, but the guys the Vols are getting for specific spots – big back Jeremy Banks, kicker Paxton Brooks, and offensive tackle Jerome Carvin – are good ones.
The line gets the bulk for the offensive side, with Carvin the star and a few other strong ones – including Jahmir Johnson, a 6-6, 290-pounder out of Arizona – to groom for the next few years. But …
The Tennessee Class Is Heavy On …
It makes sense for a defensive coach like Pruitt to want his D line to rock right away, and he was able to sign on a bunch of terrific talents for both inside and out.
6-3, 300-pound Brant Lawless out of Nashville passes over Georgia, Auburn and Florida for the Vols, and D’Andre Litaker is a good-looking interior pass rusher who might be a perfect fit as a 3-4 end.
The ends are better, with 6-5, 230-pound Jordan Allen a ready-made starter out of City College of San Francisco, and …
The Star of the Tennessee Class Is …
DE Greg Emerson, 6-4, 280
The Vols have brought in a few great tackle prospects over the years, and the results have been underwhelming.
You don’t finish 125th in the nation against the run if you’re doing a good job of developing defensive tackle talent.
He’s an active run stopper with the quickness to chase down the ball and get into the backfield. He’s not a massive Coke machine type who can gum up the works, but he’s good enough to have been a key part of the Ohio State, Georgia, Penn State and USC puzzle. Instead, the Tennessee native is staying relatively close to home.
The Tennessee Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The Vols need help just about everywhere – or, at least, they need an upgrade in most spots. However, there isn’t any one area that’s a glaring need in terms of live bodies, with most of starters back on both sides of the ball – for good and bad.
However, the kicking game needs two new parts with punter Trevor Daniel done and kicker Aaron Medley – both, two of the few positives of last year – gone.
There are other options getting a chance, but that’s part of the reason why Paxton Brooks was brought in. The kicker out of South Carolina is big with a huge leg. It’ll be a huge help for a likely middling offense if he’s a weapon right away.