Tennessee is starting to slowly pick up some momentum on the recruiting trail within the 2020 class. The Vols have added three commitments in the last eight days and they’re in a good spot with a few others to keep that ball rolling.
They also sent out a new 2020 offer on Friday. Tennessee offered Noah Arinze, a three-star pass rusher out of St. Louis, Missouri.
Arinze is interesting because of his rapid rise through the recruiting rankings. The 6-5, 240 pound prospect shot up over 1,000 spots recently in the last 247 Sports update, landing at 523 overall in the 2020 class. Arinze is now the 10th ranked player to come out of the state of Missouri and the 18th rated weakside defensive end prospect.
This spring was a game-changer for Arinze. The under the radar prospect added offers from Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky and Iowa. Texas sent out an offer to start June, and now North Carolina and Tennessee have jumped in the mix.
Arinze has already taken an unofficial visit to Oklahoma on June 6th.
Tennessee’s need for pass rushers is obvious, especially considering that this will be Darrell Taylor’s last year at Tennessee. The Vols’ staff pulled in Roman Harrison last year, but they really haven’t been able to fix the lack of depth on the edge just yet.
Arinze has the length and athleticism that you look for in an edge rusher. His verified 4.8 in the 40 yard dash is impressive for a guy with his size. You see that speed on the field, coupled with some nice change of direction ability. Arinze flashes some ability to bend coming off of the edge, but has plenty of room to develop. If he can play with a better pad level and refine his hands, this kid has all of the potential to be an impact player at the next level.