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Four-star, top 100 cornerback Isaiah Johnson has Tennessee among favorites

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A big time option at a position of need.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 14 Chattanooga at Tennessee Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’ve talked at length about Tennessee’s need at cornerback, now they’ve emerged in the top eight for a big time prospect at the position. Isaiah Johnson named Tennessee to his top eight schools on Tuesday, including them alongside of Texas A&M, LSU, Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia and USC.

Johnson is a four-star prospect, ranking 75th overall in the class of 2021, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Part of that lofty ranking is his elite frame, which measures in at 6-2, 180 pounds. To go along with that size, Johnson has been officially timed with an impressive 4.52 yard 40 yard dash.

The blue-chip prospect is out of Bluefield, West Virginia.

Tennessee sent out their offer to Johnson in August of 2018. He visited Knoxville the following June, attending a football camp with the Volunteers. Jeremy Pruitt has assigned Brian Neidermeyer and Derrick Ansley as the lead recruiters on Johnson.

The Vols currently hold 24 commitments in their 2021 class, only two of which are cornerbacks. Three-star prospects Nate Evans and Jay Jones were early commitments, helping fill a clear need on the roster, but Tennessee needs more with the potential of Bryce Thompson bolting for the NFL early after this season.

Johnson’s junior season was lost in the second week of 2019, due to a broken ankle. He’s looking to come back strong as a senior, perhaps rising up the recruiting rankings in the process.

On the field, Johnson has all the makings of an impact player at the cornerback position. Size, speed and fluidity — there’s a lot to like about his game.