ANALYSIS: What 4-star Jaycee Horn’s commitment means for Tennessee

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The Class of 2018 is turning into a potentially great one for Tennessee.

The Vols secured commitment No. 23 from cornerback Jaycee Horn Thursday night during an exclusive with SEC Country.

Horn’s recruitment didn’t come easy for the Vols. Tennessee fought its way back into the fold after Horn cut his list down to South Carolina and Alabama in June.

Let’s break down everything Horn’s commitment means to Tennessee:

Who to thank?

Coach Butch Jones never seemed to give up on Horn even though the Vols had been left off his list. Horn tweeted a screenshot of a facetime with Jones shortly after Tennessee’s chances seemed lost.

Jones’ persistence should be applauded by the Tennessee faithful.

Tennessee commit Jatavious Harris deserves credit for the Tennessee resurgence for Horn, as well. Harris remained very confident his peer recruiting could help sway Horn’s decision in Tennessee’s favor. Harris called is shot multiple times on Twitter.

The skill set

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound corner seems to make a play every time the ball comes to his side of the field. Horn recorded 7 interceptions and 25 pass breakups in his junior year according to his hudl video.

Horn has pretty good instincts already as a high schooler. He watches the ball and the quarterback’s eyes without being distracted with the deceptive movements by the offense. Being the son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn could be a reason this.

With Horn’s listed 4.5 40-time he has the speed to keep up with most receivers and cover a lot of ground in the secondary.

The immediate impact

Horn has continually said throughout his recruitment process playing time would be a major determining factor in his final decision.

Tennessee cornerbacks Justin Martin, Emmanuel Moseley and Shaq Wiggins will all exhaust their eligibility after the 2017 season. This will open the door for Horn to come in and likely compete for playing time the day he comes to campus.

A starting position doesn’t appear likely his freshman season, but Horn can certainly contribute during the 2018 season for the Vols.

Recruiting at cornerback

The Horn commitment becomes the third at cornerback. He joins Tanner Ingle and Brandon Cross in the class.

Tennessee likely won’t bring in another defensive back. The Vols simply don’t have the space unless someone de-commits.
With only two spots left in the class unless some juggling with the commitments happens, the Vols will likely look for another defensive end, linebacker or offensive lineman.

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