As Jeremy Pruitt and his staff enter their second full recruiting cycle, one theme remains the same — Tennessee can’t add enough offensive linemen right now. It’s something that this staff has worked to fix in Knoxville from day one. That work is pretty clearly going to remain a priority in the 2020 class.
What the Vols have going for them in the 2020 cycle is a ridiculous amount of in-state talent to choose from, particularly up front. Tennessee has three tackles inside of 247’s top 100 rankings for 2020 — Bryn Tucker, Omari Thomas and Marcus Henderson.
Tennessee has been in a good spot with Tucker for a while and made Omari Thomas’ initial cut earlier this month. Now they’ve done the same with Henderson.
Top 12 . pic.twitter.com/EysvY0ZRaM— Marcus B. Henderson III™ (@mbh_III) December 31, 2018
The 6-4, 315 pound tackle prospect checks in at 99th overall in the 247 Composite Rankings for 2020. He’s the 12th ranked tackle in the class and the 6th ranked prospect in the state of Tennessee. Like Thomas, Henderson comes out of the Memphis area.
Henderson has plenty of SEC interest, as you can see from his top 12. Ole Miss may be the school to beat here, however. Henderson took five unofficial visits to Oxford in 2018, earning the Rebels an early crystal ball projection. Henderson visited Tennessee twice this year, notably during the Florida game back in September.
Tennessee has already signed four offensive linemen in 2019 and have a good shot at adding a fifth in five-star Darnell Wright. With seemingly plenty of options in the 2020 class, there’s no reason why the offensive line shouldn’t become a position of strength in the next couple of years for the Vols.