Tennessee will finish with one of the best recruiting classes in the SEC and the country if it can finish strong.
The Vols have 23 commitments and likely will take on only two more prospects in the Class of 2018. In those remaining spots, Tennessee likely adds one player on each side of the ball.
To stay on top, here are three keys Tennessee must accomplish in October.
1. Keep the class intact
This is No. 1 on the to-do list for the second straight month, and it will remain on top until signing day.
Tennessee currently holds the No. 6 class in the country and tops the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite rankings .
The Vols have a few commits — like Dorian Gerald, Jaycee Horn or Shocky Jacques-Louis — who could be flipped if the right schools come calling. No one seems to be leaning toward a flip at the moment, though.
The animosity around the football program seems like it’s at an all-time high, but the recruiting has been a bright spot for coach Butch Jones this season.
It is imperative for Tennessee to keep the class together.
2. Figure out who the last offensive commit will be
The Vols have pursued options like tackle Jerome Carvin. Tennessee has three offensive line commits in Cade Mays, Ollie Lane and Tanner Antonutti. There is enough room to take one more lineman.
Wide receiver Jeshaun Jones has been another option the Vols have kept recruiting. Tennessee also has commitments from three wideouts in Alontae Taylor, Jatavious Harris and Jacques-Louis. It might be less likely Tennessee takes a fourth wide receiver in the Class of 2018, but a rash of injuries has depleted the wide receiver depth this season. The lack of depth could make the coaching staff re-evaluate adding another wide receiver.
Both Carvin and Jones took official visits to Tennessee on Saturday against Georgia.
3. Figure out the final addition on defense
Tennessee has spent time recruiting linebackers and defensive ends for the final spot.
Linebacker Cam Jones and Richard Jibunor are probably the likeliest prospects the Vols want, and there’s mutual interest.
Jones fell of Tennessee’s radar over the summer, but the Vols have re-entered the mix. The choppy recruitment could hurt in the long run.
The coaching staff would rather take Jibunor, but he’s always held Auburn in higher regard than Tennessee. Florida also has come on late. The Vols are squarely in the top 3, which means anything can happen.
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