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Out of the new recruits we have so far who do you feel will make an immediate impact on the field?
— Trey Royal (@MrRoyalty33) March 14, 2018
Tennessee signed 20 guys in the Class of 2018. Seven have enrolled and are participating in spring practice. The newcomers who make immediate impacts likely will come from this group.
Jerome Carvin makes a lot of sense. He played left tackle in high school and was recruited by the last staff to play right tackle. Alabama recruited him as a guard. He is a versatile lineman.
The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Carvin needs to turn more of his weight into muscle to reach the mauling force on the line he can become. Tennessee’s lack of depth on the offensive line might force him into action this season, though.
Same goes for 6-5, 285-pound guard Ollie Lane. He is an experienced run blocker who played in a triple option scheme in high school.
Defensive end Greg Emerson has the size at 6-3, 280 and the athleticism with a 4.5 40-yard dash time to make a difference as a freshman. The Jackson, Tenn., native missed his senior season in high school with an ankle injury, though. It’ll take him some time to get back into playing shape.
Junior college transfers defensive tackle Emmit Gooden and tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson could start in 2018. Gooden is the only defensive tackle on the roster who fits the Vols’ new 3-4 scheme. Wood-Anderson is the best blocking tight end on the roster. JUCO transfer Jahmir Johnson, a tackle, could find time on the offensive line.
Linebacker JJ Peterson won’t be on campus until the summer. He will be playing catch-up with the defensive scheme, but he could be a starter by the second half of the season.
Wide receiver Alontae Taylor could play a role as a punt returner. Taylor’s big-play ability could land him early playing time in the offense. He’ll have to prove he’s a willing blocker, though.
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