National Signing Day is upon us, which means final decisions are almost upon us, too.
In Tennessee’s case, there are at least five uncommitted targets it’s still trying to bring into the fold for Wednesday.
Currently, the Volunteers have 28 commitments – a larger figure than the average class size – including five early enrollees.
Here are the prospects Tennessee could still add to finish off its class on a high note.
DL Elijah Conliffe
The Vols seemed to be in great shape with Conliffe (6-4, 305) early in the recruiting process. However, Florida has made a strong move and many think the Gators are the current leader. The four-star defensive lineman from Hampton (Va.) High would be a fantastic late addition for the Vols.
DL LaBryan Ray
This seems like a long shot. Alabama is thought to be a big favorite For Ray (6-4, 260) over Tennessee and other finalists Florida, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. However, Ray took an official visit to Tennessee on Jan. 13, which he then did for Alabama on Jan. 20 and Florida on Jan. 27. At the very least, the-five star prospect from Madison (Ala.) James Clemens seems to have the Vols as a top-three choice when it comes time to make a decision.
DL Aaron Sterling
Most think Sterling (6-3, 250) is headed to South Carolina. However, the Vols still are in play. Sterling, a three-star prospect from Tucker (Ga.) High, took an official visit to Tennessee on Jan. 21 before taking an official visit to South Carolina last weekend.
WR JaVonta Payton
The Vols have lost out on highly ranked in-state receivers in this class. Maybe Payton (6-1, 170) can be a good value pickup late in the recruiting process. Middle Tennessee State, Ole Miss and Purdue are also in the mix for the three-star prospect from Nashville.
WR Jordan Pouncey
Pouncey (6-3, 186) only just recently announced he’s down to four schools: Tennessee, Miami, Notre Dame and Texas. The three-star athlete from Winter Park (Fla.) High is most likely to play receiver in college. The Vols have had recent success recruiting in Florida, so Tennessee has to be a considered a real factor.
RB Travis Etienne
The Vols would love to flip Etienne (5-11, 210) from his Clemson commitment. That could be tough, though, particularly since he only just made his commitment last week. If anyone can flip Etienne, one would think it would be LSU for the four-star prospect from Jennings (La.) High. Tennessee can certainly sell playing time to Etienne.
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