Tennessee recruiting: Projecting the Vols’ offensive recruiting class

The Vols are still heavily pursuing a number of new targets, though.

I detailed perceived changes in Alabama’s recruiting board that might mean good news for Tennessee. The Crimson Tide took a commitment from an offensive lineman, which means they likely won’t take Jerome Carvin now.

Carvin has set his commitment date for Wednesday with Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi State being considered. The Bulldogs have come into the mix with a late push and serve as a bit of wild card.

Coach Butch Jones has proven an ability to win the 1-on-1 recruiting battles over the years, and will likely do the same here.

Here is Tennessee’s projected 2018 offensive recruiting class:

Quarterback (2)
4-star Adrian Martinez (Fresno, Calif.), 3-star Michael Penix (Tampa, Fla.)

Both quarterbacks have been committed to the Vols for a couple of months now. Neither look to be wavering in their decision, even though Martinez did flirt with the idea of having a mutual interest in Southern California over the summer.

The Vols won’t take another quarterback this class unless something goes wrong with Martinez or Penix.

Running back (2)
4-star Lyn-J Dixon (Butler, Ga.), 3-star Anthony Grant (Buford, Ga.)

Both Georgia-native running backs committed to the Vols just a day apart from one another. The duo knows each other and seems excited about the prospects of playing with each other in the future.

Tennessee did make the top eight list of running back prospect DeMarcus Townsend.

The Vols likely won’t take another running back this cycle unless Dixon or Grant flip to another school.

Wide receivers (3)
4-star Alontae Taylor (Manchester, Tenn.), 3-star Jatavious Harris (Milledgeville, Ga.), 3-star Jeshaun Jones (Fort Myers, Fla.)

Taylor and Harris have been cornerstones in the 2018 class with the Vols for a while.

Taylor said he has recently stopped talking to Georgia and Alabama. He will take an official visit to Georgia Tech this fall. I think both will end up as Vols, though.

Jones is the projection in the group. Current commits such as Penix have said Jones has become one of the targets amongst the peer recruiters.

Tennessee will take one more wide receiver and possibly two, but I expect Jones to be a Vol.

Tight end (1)

Tennessee has pursued other tight end options trying to take another in the class along with Warren.

Lifelong Georgia fan Tommy Tremble is among one of the top targets. He will likely end up playing for the Bulldogs, though.

Offensive line (4)
5-star Cade Mays (Knoxville, Tenn.), 3-star Ollie Lane (Corryton, Tenn.), 3-star Tanner Antonutti (Nashville, Tenn.), 3-star Jerome Carvin (Cordova, Tenn.)

Mays became the crown jewel of the class when in committed in July 2015. He has served one of the main recruiters in the class as well.

Tennessee has the best class in the SEC, according to 247Sports, and Mays has been a big reason for it.

Lane projects as a guard at the college level and Antonutti as a tackle.

I thought Carvin was likely an Alabama commit, but since the shakeup in its board, I think Tennessee is the likely landing place.

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