Tennessee is up to 23 commitments in their 2021 class, but they’re still looking for more, maybe particularly on the edge. The Volunteers currently have at least two projected pass rushers in their class with Dylan Brooks and Darrell Jackson, but could add more.
One option is Khristian Zachary, who trimmed his list to six on Wednesday. Zachary included Tennessee in his options, along with Georgia, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma and Colorado.
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The 6-3, 245 pound edge defender is the 362nd ranked prospect in the class, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He’s the 29th overall prospect in Georgia and the 26th ranked weakside defensive end.
Zachary, a highly ranked three-star prospect, picked up his Tennessee offer at the first of the year — his first power five offer. He visited Knoxville just a couple of weeks later, seeing Knoxville for the first time. After that Tennessee offer, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Oklahoma followed.
Will Tennessee’s timing help them out here? It’s possible. Zachary told Rivals that Tennessee, Missouri and Colorado are coming after him the hardest. He also mentioned that it would be ‘great’ to play for the hometown Bulldogs.
Tennessee has added several pieces to the linebacking core over the last two cycles. You’ll probably see several guys rotating from inside to outside, but Zachary is a pure edge player. Pay attention to this situation as his recruitment starts to wind down.