Update: Michael Sawyers has committed to Tennessee, according to GoVols247's Wes Rucker (subscription required).
Update: Cory Thomas flips from UT to Mississippi State, per a tweet from MSU 247Sports writer Paul Jones.
Update: All UT signees besides the ones mentioned are signed and have National Letters of Intent in the house.
End Update: 2/5/2014
Update: Michael Sawyers will announce for UT or Ole Miss tomorrow at 10:15 CST. Cory Thomas is down to UT, Miss State and Clemson. Those should be the only two surprises.
Update: Orlando Brown won't be a part of Tennessee's class due to grades, per Volquest.com.
Update: Jerome Dews tweeted he will be headed to prep school.
End Update: 2/4/2014
Update: According to USA Today High School sports, Dewayne Hendrix is still committed to Tennessee, which ends his flirtation with Missouri.
Update: Michael Sawyers is scheduled to visit UT this weekend, and if he does, the Vols will be right in the mix along with Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.
End Update: 1/30/2014
Update: 5-star defensive back and UT's top remaining target Adoree' Jackson tweeted out his four finalists, and the Vols were not among them.
End Update: 1/29/2014
Update: 4-star defensive end Dewayne Hendrix's mom told GoVols247's Ryan Callahan on Monday night that "…at this point, we think that the best thing for him is to stay committed to the University of Tennessee." Hendrix had visited Missouri this past weekend, which was a major concern to UT's coaching staff trying to hang onto him in the final two weeks before national signing day.
Update: 4-star defensive tackle Michael Sawyers of Nashville tweeted last night that "Tennessee is one of my top schools." UT was thought to be dead in that race, but he still could visit Knoxville before national signing day. The former Vanderbilt commit is also considering Ole Miss, Notre Dame and others.
Update: UT is expected to host commitment Cory Thomas this upcoming weekend. It will be a huge visit for the Vols to hang onto him. Thomas has visited Mississippi State and Clemson the past two weekends, and the Bulldogs are believed to be a major threat.
End Update: 1/28/2014
Update: One of the Vols' biggest, most important targets committed to them on Monday afternoon when 4-star running back Derrell Scott of Havelock, N.C., chose UT over South Carolina and Florida. Here is the GoVols247 story detailing the commitment (subscription required).
Update: UT also received a commitment from in-state long snapper Wesley Horky of Ravenwood. According to Kohl's Professional Camps, he is the top-ranked long snapper in the country. He will be an invited walk-on at UT and had that same opportunity at Oklahoma. He participated in the Under Armour All-America Game. Horky told Callahan coaches told him he will have an opportunity to win a scholarship next year.
End Update: 1/27/2014
Update: Sports Talk South Carolina is tweeting that a source is telling them 4-star running back Derrell Scott will pick Tennessee over South Carolina on Monday. Scott is supposed to announce his decision around 3:15 on Monday and has hosted coaches from both programs in the past two days.
Update: Rivals' Woody Wommack reported today that Michael Sawyers will not visit Tennessee on Jan. 31 as was previously expected.
End Update: 1/24/2014
Update: US Army All-Amercian linebacker Kevin Mouhon decommitted from Tennessee, per his Twitter account.
Update: Ryan Callahan of GoVols247 is reporting that it looks like Wisconsin defensive tackle commit Craig Evans won't be visiting UT this weekend.
Update: 4-star DE Dewayne Hendrix told Callahan he's visiting Missouri this weekend, but he's 100 percent committed to UT.
Update: The Vols had their in-home visit with 4-star running back Derrell Scott on Wednesday night. The Gamecocks are scheduled to have their in-home today. There have been no reports on how the visit went.
End update: 1/23/2014
Update: LSU commitment Darrel Williams told GoVols247's Ryan Callahan (subscription), he's planning on visiting UT this upcoming weekend. According to Volquest's Paul Fortenberry and Brent Hubbs (subscription), Williams, Wisconsin DT commit Craig Evans, and commitments RaShaan Gaulden, Vic Wharton, Todd Kelly Jr., and Derek Barnett are all scheduled to be in Knoxville this upcoming weekend, too.
Update: Four-star linebacker Gavin Bryant officially visited Knoxville this past weekend and told GoVols247's Ryan Callahan (subscription) that he'd solidified his commitment and didn't think he'd visit anymore schools.
Update: The news hasn't been as good on 4-star linebacker Kevin Mouhon, who visited Cincinnati this past weekend where his brother Silverberry attends. According to the Bearcats' 247Sports site reporter Tim Adams (subscripiton), Mouhon's visit went well, and there is a chance he flips from UT to UC.
End Update: 1/21/2014
Update: Today is when UT's coaches have an in-home visit with Adoree' Jackson and his family in the St. Louis area, according to GoVols247's Ryan Callahan. This is a risk for Butch Jones using the visit this early, but he and his coaches are getting to talk to the 5-star cornerback while he's with his family before he goes back to school in California.
Update: UT LB commit Gavin Bryant is scheduled to be in Knoxville on his official visit this weekend. With Miami charging hard in his recruitment, this is a big weekend to solidify the Alabama 'backer.
End Update: 1/16/2014
Update: According to Ryan Callahan of GoVols247 (subscription), the Vols received their 34th commitment of the 2014 recruiting class when former Vanderbilt pledge Jashon Robertson committed to UT. He'd recently picked up an offer from Notre Dame. Robertson can play DT or OG.
Update: Receiver/athlete Isaiah McKenzie told Volquest's Paul Fortenberry (subscription) that Florida and Ole Miss would receive two of his official visits, and UT was battling Notre Dame and Oregon for the final one.
End Update: 1/15/2014
Update: ESPN RecruitingNation tweeted today that 4-star running back Derrell Scott will announce his decision on Jan. 27. The Vols have an in-home visit scheduled for Jan. 22, and South Carolina has one with him on Jan. 23.
Update: Tennessee is definitely targeting three former Vanderbilt commitments (read below). Previous VU DT pledge Jashon Robertson tweeted today that he received an offer from UT (RT by Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter Patrick Brown). Robertson is very close to UT running back commit Jalen Hurd.
Update: Volquest's John Brice reported Sunday night (subscription) that in-state defensive tackle Michael Sawyers, a Vanderbilt commit, is expected to visit UT some time in the next three weeks.
Update: Brice also did a video interview with Vanderbilt SS/OLB commit Emmanuel Smith (subscription), who noted he expected to take an official visit to Ole Miss the weekend of Jan. 31, and while he didn't have a set date for one to UT, he planned to visit Knoxville again.
Update: UT's early enrollee conundrum cleared up over the weekend as defensive end Joe Henderson did not make the grades to enroll mid-term, and the NCAA cleared athlete Neiko Creamer to do so, according to GoVols247's Ryan Callahan (subscription). UT must re-recruit Henderson, who has given no indications he's looking around. Creamer and JUCO OT Dontavius Blair are expected to start classes today to go along with the other 12 EEs. Creamer was tabbed as one of Bleacher Report's top sleeper recruits in the country. Watch the video here.
Update: Adam Kramer, Barrett Sallee and Michael Felder tabbed Tennessee's class the most surprising in the country. Watch the video here.
End Update 1/13/2014
Update: With James Franklin reportedly heading to Penn State, according to CBSSports' Bruce Feldman, Tennessee could become major factors for a couple of in-state VU commits. The most likely is SS/OLB Emmanuel Smith of Murfreesboro, according to GoVols247's Ryan Callahan. Another possibility is DT Michael Sawyers, according to Rivals' Woody Wommack (subscription).
End Update 1/9/2014
Update: Courtney Garnett told Volquest's Paul Fortenberry that he will visit Oklahoma on Jan. 17 and Tennessee on Jan. 24. Garnett is the Texas defensive tackle commit looking around.
End Update 1/8/2014
Update: Wisconsin commitment Craig Evans played alongside UT commitment Charles Mosley at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl this past week. After a week of being recruited by Mosley, the 6'3", 305-pound defensive tackle told Volquest.com's Brent Hubbs that he will visit UT on January 24. Evans reaffirmed his commitment to the Badgers last week, but he is going to give UT a look and seems interested.
Update: Texas 247 reporter Colt Barber spoke to defensive tackle Courtney Garnett, and he said he is not sure if he would consider himself a Longhorns commit at this time. He said the Vols and Oklahoma have been in contact with him.
End Update 1/7/2014
Update: According to Tennessee's Scout site, the Vols are one of the two finalists for Marietta (Ga.) CB DJ Smith, along with South Carolina. The Gamecocks are believed by most experts to be the favorite.
Update: Volquest.com's Paul Fortenberry (subscription) is reporting that TE Ethan Wolf, TE Daniel Helm, LB Jakob Johnson, DL Damarya Mixon, CB D'Andre Payne, WR Lavon Pearson, CB Emmanuel Moseley and OL Coleman Thomas are all in Knoxville set to be early enrollees. Fortenberry said WR Josh Malone and Jalen Hurd are expected in today. DT Owen Williams and OT Dontavius Blair will be in this week. Besides that group, UT can have one more early enrollee to get to 14. Joe Henderson and Neiko Creamer are both trying to finish up classwork to get in mid-term.
End Update 1/6/2014
Update: Tennessee's top target, 5-star CB Adoree' Jackson, released his top six schools today via his Twitter account, and the Vols made the cut. His final six are Tennessee, Florida, USC, Oklahoma, LSU and UCLA. Florida State being left out was a bit of a surprise.
Update: Penn State commitment DeAndre Thompkins reaffirmed his pledge to the Nittany Lions and is expected to be a mid-term enrollee, thus ending his flirtation with the Vols.
End Update 1/5/2014
Update: Jitterbug receiver/running back Isaiah McKenzie tweeted that he received an offer from Tennessee. The speedster exploded in the Under Armour All-America game with a 75-yard kickoff return and 25-yard punt return. He is a name to watch for the Vols moving forward, but Notre Dame has some momentum there if he can qualify.
Update: Derrell Scott, who is one of UT's two biggest remaining targets, received an offer this week from Florida and wasted no time setting up an official visit. Scott grew up liking the Gators, and UF defensive coordinator DJ Durkin has a track record of recruiting success in North Carolina. Florida joins Tennessee and South Carolina in the race for Scott's signature.
End Update 1/3/2014
Update: Tennessee target Travis Rudolph committed to Florida State at the Under Armour All-America Game, choosing the Seminoles over Alabama and Tennessee, among others, according to Al.com's Matt Scalici.
End Update 1/2/2014
Update: Star athlete Bo Scarbrough told Volquest.com's Paul Fortenberry (subscription) that Tennessee is in contention for one of his two final official visits, giving the Vols a slim shred of hope. He said UT, Florida, Florida State and Oklahoma are all in contention for those visits.
Update: According to an update from 247Sports' Luke Stampini, the Vols have contacted Penn State wide receiver commit DeAndre Thompkins with the news that Bill O'Brien is leaving PSU to coach the Houston Texans. North Carolina is also believed to be a major player for the Swansboro, N.C. product.
Update: UT 4-star linebacker commitment Kevin Mouhon told GoVols247's Ryan Callahan that he may take one more visit before national signing day, and it would be to Cincinnati "just for" his brother, Silverberry, who plays there. He said he remains a firm commit.
End update 1/1/2014
Update: Here is a list of UT commitments and targets in all-star games:
- LB Dillon Bates and PK Aaron Medley are in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2, 4 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN. Also playing in that game are UT targets Adoree' Jackson, Travis Rudolph and Bo Scarborough.
- In the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, S Todd Kelly Jr., WR Josh Malone and LB Kevin Mouhon will be participating. RB Jalen Hurd was invited but can't play due to the shoulder injury he suffered earlier in the season. That game will be played Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. on NBC.
- In the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, UT commits DT/OL Charles Mosley, DL Derek Barnett, TE Daniel Helm, S Cortez McDowell, CB Emmanuel Moseley, DL Cory Thomas and ATH Vic Wharton are playing. UT target DE Andrew Williams is also playing. That game will be played Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN3.
- Also in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which will be played Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports 1, UT commitments OT Orlando Brown, DB RaShaan Gaulden and DE Dewayne Hendrix will be participating. Vols targets who will be playing are OT Benjamin Knox and RB Derrell Scott.
Update: UT legacy commitment Dillon Bates made Rivals.com's "top performer" list (subscription) from the first day of practice at the Under Armour All-America Game.
According to the write-up:
Bates wasn't the biggest linebacker on the practice field but really made an impact in Sunday's practice. The offense was trying to run a lot of slants but Bates showed great anticipation by jumping the routes and coming up with a few interceptions. Bates always seemed to be in good position, played under control and was very disciplined.
Update: Though many believe the Vols to have just an outside shot to land 5-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson, he told 247Sports' Shea Dixon (subscription) on Saturday that UT has "a legit shot" to land his commitment. He said Florida, Florida State, LSU, UT and USC stand out to him right now.
Update: According to Auburn's Rivals affiliate writer Justin Hokanson (subscription) DaVonte Lambert, who flipped from UT to AU on JUCO signing day, is ineligible to enroll at Auburn for this semester and will attempt to qualify by the summer. This voids his signing and makes him an eligible prospect to re-recruit.
End update 12/29/13
Update: After stealing DaVonte Lambert from UT at the last moment, Auburn continues its raid on the Vols' commitment list. They continue to call JUCO LB Chris Weatherd, and, according to GoVols247's Ryan Callahan, Alabama high school linebacker Gavin Bryant is being pursued by AU.
Though the Tigers haven't offered, Bryant said he'd have to give Auburn a look if they did, but he's still "pretty much 100 percent with Tennessee." Miami also has contacted him.
Update: The Vols signed three junior college players on Dec. 18 who they believe will help immediately. Defensive tackle Owen Williams, offensive tackle Dontavius Blair and receiver Lavon Pearson all will be enrolling mid-term.
Update: UT is expected to ramp up the pressure on Benjamin Knox and Derrick Kelly Jr. after top offensive line target Alex Bookser committed to Pitt last week over the Vols and Ohio State. Knox, who was recently offered by the Vols, is a cousin of UT running back Marlin Lane.
Update: Various future Vols tweeted their UT jersey numbers recently. Among those, Jalen Hurd said he'd wear No. 1, and Todd Kelly Jr. noted he will be No. 6.