Tennessee recruiting: Vols hold 23 commitments

Tennessee added two commits over the week, wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis on Monday and cornerback Jaycee Horn on Thursday.

The commitments push the Vols’ total to 23 in the Classs of 2018.

Here’s an early glance where things stand for the Vols’  Class of 2018:

Where Tennessee’s class ranks

Tennessee ranks as the No. 6 class in the country and the best in the SEC. The Vols hold one 5-star commit, offensive tackle  Cade Mays, and eight 4-star prospects.

Six of the top-9 players from the Volunteer State in the Class of 2018 have committed to the Vols.

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Horn making his decision public to play for the Vols is huge. It signals coach Butch Jones is at the top of his game recruiting wise.

Tennessee now has three blue-chip prospects in the secondary, Horn, Trey Dean and Brendon Harris.

The Vols also rounded out their recruiting at the wide receiver position with the addition of Jacques-Louis.

In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:

What are the chances Jaycee Horn lands with the Vols?

Relationship with coach Kevin Beard brings Shocky Jacques-Louis to Tennessee

Commit Brendon Harris is shutting down his recruitment

Everything you need to know about Shocky Jacques-Louis

Ranking Tennessee’s top 20 prospects

Tennessee aiming to flip LSU commit Ja’Quon Griffin

QB commit Micheal Penix throws more touchdowns than incompletions

Offers by the numbers

  • Reported  offers: 362
  • 5-star offers: 21
  • 4-star offers: 194
  • In-state recruits offered: 25
  • Florida recruits offered: 91
  • Georgia recruits offered: 62
  • Texas recruits offered: 24


3 top uncommitted targets

4-star OLB  Adam Anderson, Rome, Ga.

Anderson de-committed from LSU on July 6 and has visited Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson and Alabama since. Georgia seems the likely favorite to land the in-state talent.

The commitment to Tennessee by Anderson’s friend and teammate, Chatman, will give the Volunteers a shot.

3-star OT Jerome Carvin, Cordova, Tenn.

Carvin reduced his list to 10 on June 12, but Tennessee and Alabama have remained the leaders. Tennessee holds commitments from four offensive linemen, so Carvin could be leaning toward the Crimson Tide.

Carvin’s good friend, Jordan Davis, is a Crimson Tide commit, which is another knock against the Vols.

Carvin will be taking an official visit to Arkansas this fall, which means another SEC team the Vols are up against.

4-star OLB  Richard Jibunor, Athens, Ga.

Richard Jibunor had a 1-on-1 interview with SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk, and the linebacker made it clear who his top-2 teams are going forward: Tennessee and Auburn.

Tennessee will take on one more linebacker this class, either Anderson or Jibunor. The Vols don’t appear to be in the lead for either at the moment, but they are within striking distance.

When schools are close and it comes down to the wire in recruiting, anything can happen.

Position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position:

  • QB: 2 (Martinez, Penix)
  • RB: 2 (Dixon, Grant)
  • TE: 1 (Warren)
  • WR: 3 (Taylor, Harris, Jacques-Louis)
  • OL: 3 (Mays, Lane, Antonutti)
  • DL: 5 (Lawless, Litaker, Emerson, Gerald, Chatman)
  • LB: 1 (Flint)
  • CB: 3 (Ingle, Cross, Horn)
  • S: 2 (Harris, Dean)
  • P: 1 (Brooks)

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of Tennessee’s commits by state:

  • Tennessee: 9 (Mays, Emerson, Litaker, Lawless, Taylor, Antonutti, Lane, Harris, Warren)
  • Georgia: 6 (Dean, Dixon, Grant, Harris, Chatman, Horn)
  • Florida: 4 (Penix, Ingle, Cross, Jacques-Louis)
  • California: 2 (Martinez, Gerald)
  • Alabama: 1 (Flint)
  • South Carolina: 1 (Brooks)

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