Coaching change won’t affect Tennessee 4-star DL commit Brant Lawless’ pledge to Vols

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Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Check out previous editions here. In this edition, we discuss Tennessee commit Brant Lawless and the latest in his recruitment.


Tennessee remains the top choice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A big question on Tennessee fans’ minds these days is how many commitments can the Vols keep if coach Butch Jones is fired.

Tennessee defensive line commit Brant Lawless told SEC Country last week his commitment won’t change regardless of the coach.

“No sir, I think it’s still going to be the same way,” Lawless said. “I hate to say whether he’s there or not, it’d be the same way towards Knoxville.”

Tennessee holds a 4-5 record, and the public perception of Jones’ job security has fallen quite a bit since the season began. SEC Country reported in late October that the Tennessee administration has already had meetings regarding his immediate future, but nothing has come from it.

Lawless doesn’t give the chatter any mind, though. He knows the decision will affect him more than the fans.

“I haven’t been paying any attention to it,” Lawless said. “Really, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter about other people’s opinion. At the end of the day, I’m going to have to go there and they aren’t. I’ve been staying away from it and staying focused.”

Lawless committed on May 1 and hasn’t really looked around since. Tennessee sophomore linebacker Daniel Bituli has been a big reason the Vols stood out to Lawless. The pair played together at Nashville Christian School.

“I took a couple of visits early with Bituli,” Lawless said. “One thing I noticed down there was it is a big family thing. Everyone is close and I really felt at home when I went there. I kept my eye on that.”

Lawless seems completely committed to the Vols. Tennessee has 20 commitments in the Class of 2018. Keeping the in-state talent committed is a huge priority for the Vols.

Putting the work in

Lawless has worked hard at his craft in order to perform at a high level in college.

He sees himself as someone that can make a difference on the defensive line with his tenacity.

“I’m going to come out hard,” Lawless said. “Just try to come out early and play ball. They are going to get someone who works hard and gives it their all.”

Tennessee hasn’t told Lawless where they project him yet on the defensive line. He likely will have to get onto campus and figure it out through practice repetitions.

The Vols have struggled with depth on the defensive line all season. This hasn’t made Lawless think he can come to campus and expect playing time, though.

“It’s something you’re going to have work for and earn,” Lawless said. “It’s something you’re going to have to come in and do early as a freshman to get playing time.”

Lawless won’t be an early enrollee or take advantage of the early signing period in December. He will be behind fellow incoming freshman defensive end Greg Emerson in those regards.

This is why it has been critical to his development to push himself while still in high school.

Lawless rates as 4-star prospect and rates as the No. 23 defensive tackle in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

A glance at other commits

Tennessee fans have been holding their breath when it comes to offensive tackle commit Cade Mays. Over the past weekend, he took a trip to Georgia.

I still believe Clemson is the biggest threat to flip the 5-star Knoxville product. He will take his second trip to Clemson in two weeks.

Wide receiver commit Alontae Taylor received his “childhood dream offer” over the weekend from Alabama.

This is important to follow because Taylor talked with Alabama and Georgia a lot over the summer. Georgia continues to pursue him, and now it appears Alabama is back in the mix.

The only prospect who has a longer commitment to Tennessee than Taylor is Mays. Taylor doesn’t have plans to visit Alabama, yet. If that changes, then the Crimson Tide pose a big threat to flip the talented wide receiver.

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