The Tennessee Vols currently have the nation’s No. 3 rated 2021 recruiting class, but there’s a lot of work to be done if Jeremy Pruitt and his staff are going to finish with a top-five class.
That’s because Tennessee’s current team composite rating is similar to its 2020 rating, which would mean they finish with a class around No. 10 (if UT didn’t add or lose any commits between now and signing day).
Of course, the Vols are nowhere near finished adding recruits to their 2021 recruiting class. Tennessee may have 23 players committed, but not all of those 23 players will be signing with UT. There will be some movement — especially with some of the lower-rated players.
If the Vols are going to finish with a top-five class, they’ll need to replace some of those lower-rated players with some elite talent.
One elite player that Tennessee is chasing is five-star offensive tackle Amarius Mims.
Mims, 6-foot-7/315 lbs from Cochran, GA, is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia and the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation. He’s also rated as the No. 6 overall 2021 recruit in the nation.
If the Vols are able to sign Mims, it would almost guarantee that they’d finish with a top-five recruiting class (they’d still need some more pieces, but the presence of Mims would likely attract some more top-rated talent).
Unfortunately for Tennessee, they have some work to do if Mims is going to end up on Rocky Top.
Rivals national recruiting director Mike Farrell sees this battle coming down to Alabama and Georgia.
“Alabama will make this tough but I can’t see Mims choosing the Tide over his in-state school. UGA recruits as well as anyone in the country and I don’t see it losing Mims,” wrote Farrell this week.
That obviously doesn’t bode well for the Vols. Farrell is dialed in more than most when it comes to recruiting, and while he could be wrong here, it’s certainly more likely that he’s correct.
There’s still a long way to go in this battle, though. Mims probably won’t make a final decision until he puts pen to paper and signs with a program.
If Tennessee has a solid third season under Pruitt, the Vols could end up stealing Mims away from Alabama and Georgia at the finish line (It definitely doesn’t hurt that UT could have the best offensive line in the SEC in 2020).
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