9 Recruits Who Could Join 5-Star WR Preston Williams at Tennessee

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJune 16, 2014

9 Recruits Who Could Join 5-Star WR Preston Williams at Tennessee

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    Preston Williams is a 5-star receiver who committed to Tennessee in September of 2013. At 6'5" and 200 pounds, the Georgia native has a splendid combination of size and speed.

    Williams possesses impressive agility to make plays after the catch, plus he has the strength to become a good blocker on the perimeter. The Volunteers earning a commitment from Williams has surely helped them on the recruiting trail, and it will continue to aid head coach Butch Jones' efforts to attract more talent to Rocky Top through next February.

    Williams could help the Vols land a 5-star defensive end, plus he could push Tennessee over the top for a 5-star quarterback.

D.J. Jones, DT

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    A 4-star JUCO defensive tackle, D.J. Jones plays in Mississippi, but he is originally from South Carolina. 

    The Gamecocks are thick in the mix, says 247Sports, but so is Tennessee. The Vols can certainly use Jones' size in the middle of their defense, as he is 6'2" and 310 pounds. His bulk and strength would help him make an immediate impact on Rocky Top.

Micah Abernathy, CB

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    Micah Abernathy is a big cornerback from Georgia who is wanted in Knoxville. At 6'1" and 185 pounds, Abernathy is capable of using his length to disrupt the timing of receivers at the line.

    He also is capable of helping out in the seams as a safety. The 4-star Peach State native seems intent on playing in the SEC, as Tennessee is fighting Georgia and Alabama for him, says 247Sports.

Kyle Phillips, DE

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    Tennessee is making a great effort to build a stout defensive line. Winning inside the trenches on both sides of the ball is key in the SEC.

    A player who could help the Vols is Kyle Phillips, a 4-star defensive end from Nashville. At 6'4" and 260 pounds, Phillips has the strength to routinely set the edge versus running plays. He can also rush the passer with power.

    Tennessee, Alabama and Ole Miss are the favorites, says 247Sports.

Jerome Baker, ATH

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    Listed as an athlete, Jerome Baker is a 4-star prospect from Cleveland who is one of the best players in America.

    At 6'1" and 205 pounds, Baker can dominate games as a running back or linebacker. His future may be brightest on defense, as his speed and quickness can be used to attack with force from the second level. Baker also has the ability to develop into a good defender in coverage.

    Tennessee, Florida and Ohio State are his favorites, per 247Sports.

Drew Richmond, OT

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    An in-state target for Tennessee, Drew Richmond would be a solid get for the Vols. The 4-star Memphis native needs some polish, but he has a high ceiling.

    The 6'5", 320-pounder has the feet and agility to dance with pass-rushers in space, plus he has solid strength to work well as a run-blocker. He is still considering several schools, but Tennessee has its hand in the pot, according to 247Sports.

Kahlil McKenzie, DT

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    At 6'4" and 330 pounds, Kahlil McKenzie is a mammoth 5-star defensive tackle who has the ability to dominate inside. He also has a last name that should sound familiar in Knoxville.

    McKenzie is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, who played for the Volunteers. He will be making his announcement between Tennessee and Arizona on July 10, according to 247Sports.

Tim Settle, DT

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    Another 5-star defensive tackle Tennessee is after is Tim Settle. From Virginia, Settle is a physical player who relishes contact.

    At 6'3" and 318 pounds, he has solid first-step quickness at the snap. Settle plays like a giant at the point of attack, plus he can flash to the football with a great surge to finish.

    Alabama and Tennessee are standing out, says 247Sports.

Torrance Gibson, QB

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    With Williams already committed, Tennessee only looks that much more appealing to 5-star quarterback Torrance Gibson.

    At 6'4" and 200 pounds, Gibson is an athletic passer who also has the speed and agility to pierce defenses as a runner. He is still developing his skills as a passer, but the Florida native has a ton of raw talent.

    Auburn and Tennessee are his top suitors, per 247Sports.

Josh Sweat, DE

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    Josh Sweat is an explosive 5-star defensive end who could emerge as the best player from this class in four years.

    At 6'5" and 237 pounds, Sweat has the quickness to launch past blockers as a pass-rusher. He isn't a player who relies on great power, but he has deceptive strength to hold his own against the run.

    The Virginia native is set to visit Tennessee on June 19, says 247Sports.

    Sweat told the following to Adam Friedman of Rivals.com (subscription required) on May 20:

    I talk to coach Azzanni from Tennessee. He's visited the school three or four times so I know he's interested. We get to talking and I've gotten to know him a lot better. I do want to take a visit up there and see what it's like. I've heard about the campus up there and I've looked at it online. It looks really nice. I know they put a lot of defensive linemen in the NFL. 


    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.