The Tennessee Vols will put the finishing touches on their 2019 recruiting class on Wednesday.
Tennessee signed 19 players during the early signing period in December (plus they added transfers Deangelo Gibbs and Aubrey Solomon), which means they only have a few spots left to fill in their 2019 class.
So who will the Vols land on National Signing Day?
That’s a tough question to answer, mostly because no one knows exactly how many players Tennessee will take this year. The assumption is that Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt will only sign two or three players, to free up some spots in the 2020 class (I’m not 100 percent sure how the numbers will work out, I don’t think anyone is sure at this point).
With that in mind, I think Tennessee ends up adding three players on Wednesday, with maybe one of those players being a blue shirt candidate (again, it’s however Pruitt can make the puzzle fit together).
Here’s who I think the Vols add:
Darnell Wright — Offensive Tackle — 5-star
Wright will be the prize for Tennessee on National Signing Day. He’s rated by 247Sports as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation. The West Virginia native, who visited Tennessee this past weekend, would give the Volunteers a lethal combination at the tackle positions in this signing class (along with signee Wayna Morris).
Kenney Solomon — Defensive Back — 3-star
Solomon isn’t a very highly rated recruit, but he’s an athletic player who has the length that Pruitt desires in his defensive backs. Solomon, a native of Myrtle Beach, has offers from Louisville, Colorado and UCF, among several others.
Anthony Harris — Defensive Back — 4-star
There’s a reasonable chance that North Carolina could steal Harris, but I think Pruitt will make an effort to keep the Havelock, NC native in this class. Harris, 6-foot-1/171 lbs, is rated by 247Sports as the No. 4 player in the state of North Carolina. Despite being committed to Tennessee since last summer, Harris is a recruit that has mostly flown under the radar. But I think he has the potential to be a really good player in the SEC.
Who do the Vols miss on?
I think Pruitt has done a really nice job with Tennessee’s 2019 recruiting class. The Vols are going to end up with a borderline top ten class after going 5-7 in 2018. That’s pretty impressive. And Pruitt is getting most of the guys he wants.
But he’s not getting everyone. I think linebacker Henry To’oto’o ends up at Alabama, while I think five-star wide receiver target George Pickens, who visited Tennessee this past weekend, sticks with Auburn.
Speaking of Auburn, I wouldn’t be surprised if longtime Vol commit LeDarrius Cox flips to the Tigers.
Finally, I think in-state linebacker Chris Russell ends up at Texas A&M.
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