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Defensive back Jay Jones decommits from Tennessee

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The second of the day.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Continuing a theme of the last two weeks, defensive back Jay Jones has decommitted from Tennessee’s 2021 class. Jones made the announcement via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.

Jones had been committed to Tennessee since July of 2019. He’s a three-star prospect, coming out of the state of Alabama. According to 247Sports, Jones is the 892nd ranked player in the class.

He joins five-star linebacker Terrence Lewis, four-star cornerback Damarius McGhee, four-star tight end Hudson Wolfe and three-star defensive end Darrell Jackson as prospects who have decommitted from Tennessee over the last two weeks. That’s a notable trend, considering the fact that the Early Signing Period opens next week.

Tennessee’s one time fully stocked class is now down to 23 commitments. Per 247Sports, the class is currently ranked 14th nationally after losing three of their ten best players in the group.

At defensive back, the Volunteers are now down to just Christian Charles and De’Shawn Rucker in the 2021 class, so expect the staff to target this position heavily for the remainder of the cycle.

The Early Signing Period opens up next Wednesday, December 16th. Expect a heavy dose of recruiting news between now and then as Jeremy Pruitt tries to stop the bleeding — both on and off the field.