Hey, everyone. My name is Conner Knapp and I’m currently a sophomore at UT and now the new lead recruiting writer here at RTT.
As we all know, football season is behind us - although there are only 237 days until the Vols take on Georgia Tech in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, not that anyone is counting - and it’s time to focus our attention on the 2017 recruiting class from now through National Signing Day on February 1.
So this series will take a weekly look at what’s happening on the recruiting trail for the Vols. Let’s get it going.
I am 110% committed to The University of Tennessee and I will be shutting down my recruitment. #VFL— RiP JiGG! (@WillIgnont) January 7, 2017
4-star Tennessee linebacker commit Will Ignont recently completely shut down his recruitment, declaring himself “110% committed” to UT. Even after his original commitment to the Vols, Ignont continued to receive interest from other big programs, most notably LSU.
Tennessee commit Ty Chandler participated in the Army All-American Bowl last weekend. Rivals reporter Josh Helmholdt was in San Antonio for the week and he explains what he thought about Chandler throughout the practices. Ty will join John Kelly and Carlin Fils-Aime in Tennessee’s backfield next season, and could conceivably get a bit of playing time as a freshman.
Wide receiver Jeff Thomas received an offer from Tennessee on New Year’s Eve. Thomas is a 4-star recruit - 0.9736 according to the 247Sports Composite - and ranked in the top 50 players in the nation out of East St. Louis, Ill. He participated in the Under Armour All-American Game and plans to make an official visit to Knoxville on January 27. With the departure of Josh Malone to the NFL, this could be a huge get for the Vols in the 2017 class.
Tennessee’s class is currently ranked #11 nationally according to 247Sports, behind Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Auburn and Texas A&M in the SEC. Hopefully the Vols can make a late push in the last few weeks to get into the top classes in the country headed into the 2017 season.