After last year, Jeremy Pruitt knows a thing or two about recruiting and signing five star offensive linemen. Tennessee pieced together the nation’s top ranked offensive line class, complete with five-star tackles Darnell Wright and Wanya Morris. In the 2020 class, Pruitt is searching for more elite talent up front.
Enter Paris Johnson — a five-star offensive tackle prospect who is currently committed to Ohio State. Despite his commitment to the Buckeyes, Johnson hasn’t shut his recruitment down. The Cincinnati product saw Knoxville for the second time on Friday.
Give My All For Tennessee.. pic.twitter.com/ccJSpGE0GS— Paris Johnson Jr. (@ParisJohnsonJr) March 16, 2019
Johnson is the No. 1 ranked offensive tackle in the country and the 4th overall prospect in the class of 2020, according to 247 Sports. At 6-7, 295, he has prototypical length to develop into an ideal NFL tackle prospect.
Rockstar recruiter Brian Niedermeyer had this to say following Johnson’s visit. Niedermeyer is referencing Johnson, along with four-star defensive end Darrion Henry and four-star outside linebacker Jaheim Thomas, who also visited Tennessee on Friday.
Johnson committed to Ohio State in June of 2018. He saw Tennessee in January and now again in March. That seems fairly noteworthy.
This time last year, we were really just learning of Tennessee’s interest in Darnell Wright and Quavaris Crouch. Those two situations turned out pretty well for the Vols. With Niedermeyer on the trail, it’s probably wise to never say never.
Tennessee has made some clear progress with Johnson. We’ll follow this situation closely over the next few months to see if the Vols can really ramp up the pressure.