Apparently, the recruiting momentum is endless for Tennessee.
The Vols’ 2021 class got even bigger tonight, landing yet another blue-chip prospect. This time Tennessee addressed the offensive line, one of the few remaining needs in this class. Four-star tackle Colby Smith is the latest to announce his commitment to Tennessee, joining what has quickly become a crowded class.
The 6-7, 295 pound tackle is the first offensive lineman in Tennessee’s 2021 class. Smith is the 138th ranked prospect in the country, according to 247Sports. The Reidsville, North Carolina native is the 8th ranked prospect in North Carolina and the 19th rated tackle prospect in the class.
Tennessee beat out Louisville, N.C. State, North Carolina and South Carolina for Smith. Tennessee extended their offer in January of this year, getting him on campus in February for a junior day event. Just a few short months later, Smith is a Volunteer.
The Vols are likely set for two more season at the tackle spot with Wanya Morris and Darnell Wright coming off of their freshman seasons, but offensive line depth is a key to success at any level of football. Smith has plenty of room to fill out and develop over the next couple of seasons as he gets set to challenge for a starting position down the road.
Tennessee’s class now holds 18 commitments — a staggering number considering the current date of May 4th. The Volunteers now hold the nation’s No. 2 ranked class, per 247Sports. They currently lead the way in the SEC.
Look for more movement in this class on May 10th, when linebacker Aaron Willis and quarterback Kaidon Salter are set to announce their decisions.