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Tennessee targets, in-state prospects litter 2019 Rivals250


This week, Rivals.com released it Rivals100 and Rivals250 for the Class of 2019.

Once again, the Volunteer State was well-represented, with 10 Tennessee kids making the Top250. The Vols have done well recruiting the state in the 2018 class, and they’ll look to continue that trend next cycle.

Priority in-state targets like wideout Trey Knox, defensive back Adonis Otey, a former Tennessee commit, and defensive lineman Joseph Anderson are all slotted inside the Top150 — and all three prospects have been on campus multiple times in the last year.

With 2019 National Signing Day roughly 18 months away, the Vols are still in the early stages of evaluating the junior class. During ‘Orange Carpet Day’ in June, Tennessee hosted Otey, a former commit, Wilhoite and Washington, while Anderson and Izuchukwu were in Knoxville the day before to camp.

Gregory and Nash have yet to make it to Rocky Top as recruits, but Tennessee was the first to offer both 4-star Memphis prospects.

While in-state prospects like Jackson Lampley, Kendrell Scurry and Trevis Hopper didn't make the Rivals250, the Vols continue to prioritize all three in-state kids for their 2019 class.

Elsewhere, a number of out-of-state targets litter the Top250, with 4-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright headlining the list. Wright attended ‘Orange Carpet Day’ and holds Tennessee among his leaders with Alabama, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.

Peach State prospects Owen Pappoe, wideout Ramel Keyton, corner Kenyatta Watson II, offensive lineman Keiondre Jones, tailback Derrian Brown and linebacker Kevin Harris all have Tennessee offers and have visited at least once in the last year — with Keyton and Harris tripping to town this spring and Brown, who is teammates with 2018 commit Anthony Grant, attending OCD.

The Vols also remain interested in defensive back Raymond Woodie III, who came to town with his South Florida 7-on-7 team this summer, IMG receiver Cam Coleman and defensive tackle Jacoby Lacey, who recently committed to Notre Dame.