The Tennessee Vols have one of the top 50 players in college football on their roster according to a recent list from 247Sports.
Charles Power and Chris Hummer, along with other 247Sports staffers, recently constructed their annual top 50 players in college football list and they have Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith at No. 31.
Here’s what they had to say about Smith:
When able to play, Smith is among the nation’s top overall lineman. A 6-foot-6, 335-pound mauler capable of playing tackle and guard, Smith earned All-SEC honors a season ago. He didn’t allow a sack in 2019 and also graded out as the top run blocker in the SEC, per PFF College. A blood clot issue disrupted Smith’s sophomore season and endangered his career, but he came back with authority last season and projects as one of the top draft prospects in the 2021 cycle.
Smith, who could’ve opted to head to the NFL after the 2019 season, will give the Vols’ offensive line a massive boost in 2020. Tennessee will trot out an offensive line that features Smith, Brandon Kennedy, Cade Mays (if ruled eligible), Darnell Wright, and Wanya Morris. That lineup should be one of the best in the SEC.
The Tennessee native, a former five-star recruit who signed with UT during the 2017 recruiting cycle), has early-round draft potential in the 2021 NFL Draft, as long as he’s healthy.
There were plenty of highly-rated players who signed with the Vols during the Butch Jones era. A lot of them (Kahlil McKenzie, Drew Richmond, Dillon Bates, etc) didn’t pan out.
Smith, however, has more than lived up to the five-star hype.
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