One thing that hasn’t been settled yet to this point in Tennessee’s fall camp is the offensive line combination. Offensive line coach Will Friend has a lot of pieces to choose from, but it’s tough to project a starting five for the Vols’ upcoming opener against West Virginia.
One player who is somewhere in that mix is Jahmir Johnson, who was a part of the 2018 recruiting class for Tennessee. Head coach Jeremy Pruitt is impressed with the early returns from Johnson.
“You know, Jahmir is a really good competitor,” Pruitt said. “He’s got good balance and body control. He plays with power. He’s not an overly big guy, but he’s got some power in his body.”
Johnson has a chance to contribute right off the bat for the Vols in 2018, we just don’t really know where. According to Pruitt, he’s a versatile piece that can help out anywhere up front. “He can play probably all five spots on the offensive line,” Pruitt told the media on Saturday.
Johnson was the 23rd ranked player in the 2018 JUCO ranks.
Trey Smith, Brandon Kennedy, Drew Richmond, Marcus Tatum, Jerome Carvin and Ryan Johnson are probably the names that Johnson is competing against.
“Again, this is new for him. He’s coming from junior college — didn’t play but I think one year in high school, maybe two years,” Pruitt said. “He’s learning the way we want to practice, he didn’t get here until the summer. So he’s really improved over the last five or six days. We think he’s got a bright future.”