The Tennessee Vols currently have the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation, but they have a lot of work to do if they’re going to stay at No. 2.
Basically, if the Vols want to finish with a top five class, then a couple of the lower three-star players they currently have committed might have to look elsewhere.
It’s the just the nature of recruiting.
Sometimes players decommit on their own. Sometimes they’re told it’s best to find somewhere else to play. Sometimes a recruit gets the raw end of the deal.
But regardless of how it happens, or why it happens, it’s clear that Tennessee needs to add some higher rated players to ensure they finish with a top rated recruiting class.
And right now, UT doesn’t have a lot of room left in its 2021 recruiting class.
So who is the most likely player to part ways with the Vols?
I think it’s probably three-star defensive back Jay Jones, Tennessee’s lowest rated commit.
Jones has been committed to the Volunteers since last July. And he said in January that he was “still solid” to UT.
But Jones also said he planned on taking visits to other programs this spring, noting his communication with Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
It’s certainly possible that Tennessee sticks with Jones and doesn’t tell him to look elsewhere (the only other SEC programs that have reportedly offered Jones are Arkansas and Ole Miss).
However, with the Vols loading up on highly rated players, it’s possible that Jones sees a better opportunity for playing time at another program.
Tennessee isn’t going to stop swinging at their top targets. And if they land those top targets, someone will have to go.
Maybe it’s not Jones. Maybe it’s another lower rated three-star. But it wouldn’t shock me to see one or more of Tennessee’s lower rated commits sign with another program on signing day.
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