Tennessee made quite a bit of noise during the early signing period, adding five signatures to bolster their 2020 class. With just a few spots left, Tennessee is going to be very picky with any additions they make. Over the weekend, we learned of a new — potentially massive — name to add to the list.
Five-star tackle Broderick Jones revealed that he plans on taking a visit to Tennessee when the NCAA’s recruiting dead period ends. The Georgia native has been committed to the Georgia Bulldogs since April, but Sam Pittman’s departure has clouded things for Jones.
Auburn was already in the mix, so much so that he called the Tigers and Bulldogs ‘50-50’ this weekend. But he’s leaving the door open for Tennessee, which will round out his official visits. His trip to Knoxville is slated for January 18th.
Matt Luke replaced Pittman at Georgia as the offensive line coach. That relationship is still growing and will play a key role as to whether or not the Bulldogs can keep Jones in the boat.
The 6-5, 275 pound tackle prospect is the 19th rated player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. He doubles as a basketball player, which explains his slimmer physique. That will change at the college level as football becomes the sole focus.
Tennessee signed two guards and a center prospect during the early signing period. They currently do not have a tackle committed to their class after signing three in 2019. They’ve seen Ryan Johnson and Marcus Tatum transfer out after each lost starting roles to younger players this fall. Trey Smith is expected to go pro, but after that, Tennessee should return four of five starters up front in 2020.
Can they add another elite talent up front? It’s admittedly a longshot, but they’ve at least got a foot in the door with a visit.