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Four-star pass rusher Elijah Jeudy includes Tennessee in ‘final five’

Another pass rushing option.

NCAA Football: Alabama at Tennessee Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

One of the top edge rushing prospects in the 2021 class has trimmed his list to just five remain schools. Elijah Jeudy, a 6-3, 246 pound weakside defensive end included Tennessee in his list of finalists, which is heavy SEC.

Oregon, Georgia, Texas A&M and LSU were the other four schools that made the cut.

Jeudy is a four-star prospect, ranking as the 170th overall player in the 2021 class according to 247Sports. He’s the 12th ranked weakside defensive end prospect and comes out of Philadelphia.

Tennessee offered Jeudy last May and got him on campus this spring. He visited Knoxville at the beginning of March, just ahead of the coronavirus outbreak. Jeudy holds offers from Alabama, Michigan, Penn State and Florida, but called this cutdown list his “final five.” Expect his final visits to reflect that once the restriction is lifted.

Tennessee has a couple of defensive linemen currently in their 2021 class, but no edge rushers to this point. Tyler Baron and Morven Joseph were big additions to the 2020 class and will have a chance to compete immediately this fall, but the Volunteers could absolutely stand to add depth behind them.

It’s easy to see why programs are coming after Jeudy. He’s got the length to go along with a really nice burst coming off the edge, two things that are vital for success at the next level. He flashes some ability to bend and some counter moves with his hands, but speed is the name of his game right now. That’s not a bad place to start for a pass rusher.