The Tennessee Vols are among numerous schools hoping to sign four-star athlete Quavaris Crouch next week during the early signing period.

Surprisingly, Jeremy Pruitt and his staff might have a bit of an advantage heading into next week, thanks to a surprise weekend visit from Crouch.

Crouch, 6-foot-3/230 pounds from Charlotte, NC, is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 2 athlete in the nation and the No. 1 player in the state of North Carolina.

The Charlotte native will sign next week, but he won’t announce his destination until January 5. That means the Vols are getting the last visit with Crouch before he signs, which, historically, can be the difference in landing or not landing a key recruit.

Crouch told the Charlotte Observer in October that he plans to “silently commit” to a school before the early signing period. It’s quite possible that Crouch wanted to commit in person, which would obviously be great news for Tennessee. That’s pure speculation at this point, but the timeline would certainly line up.

The Vols are once again in position to have a fantastic recruiting class. But we’ve seen how quickly things can change. If the Vols land a couple of their top remaining targets — players like Crouch, Darnell Wright, Eric Gray and Jaylen Ellis — then Tennessee will easily finish with a top 10 class.

In Crouch’s case, we’ll have to wait until January 5 to find out if he’ll spend next fall in Knoxville or if he’ll be heading somewhere else, like Clemson or Michigan.

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