Offensive line, hey-O! This evening, JaWuan James made the call to UT recruiting headquarters that resulted in shouts heard across Knoxville: he was officially a Tennessee Volunteers commit. The former Alabama Crimson Tide commit is a Scout 4-star / Rivals 4-star offensive tackle who stands 6'-6" and weighs roughly 300 lbs. He comes from North Gwinnett, Georgia, which is just a little bit north of Atlanta. He had been suspected of being a Volunteer lean for quite some time, though Georgia appeared to be the other option on the table.
[Note by Hooper, 11/11/09 9:34 AM EST ] Great article on James at Scout.com.
The map is now updated:
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This brings the current class to a total of 22 which, at the time of this writing, is the #6 overall ranked class on Scout
(Rivals has not yet updated) and remains at #6 in Rivals. That places Tennessee behind Alabama and LSU in the SEC, and immediately ahead of Georgia and Florida. More importantly, it addresses the largest need of the class - the offensive line - where graduation and thin roster numbers among juniors and sophomores will leave the program in a bit of a lurch next year.
JaWuan is physically developed enough to play as a freshmen if he learns the offense quickly. He should also be an early enrollee (pending graduation, which is on pace), so he should be available for spring practice. With Aaron Douglas likely moving to left tackle in the spring, James will be available for competition for the right tackle spot - and competition will only make the offense stronger.
There are more offensive linemen on the board, however, and one or two more would be ideal. Keep the ears open in the next month or two to see where the recruiting chimera heads next.