Greg Emerson commitment furthers recruiting momentum for Vols
KNOXVILLE The Tennessee Volunteers continued to gain momentum in football recruiting this week as another top in state player committed to them, catapulting their 2018 class into the nation top five.
Greg Emerson, a four star defensive end from North Side High School in Jackson, voiced his commitment during an NFL Network broadcast from The Opening, an elite recruiting camp at Nike headquarters in Oregon.
"I said I was going to do it in December, but I guess I can go ahead and let everybody know," Emerson said Monday. That group includesBaylor School safety Brendon Harris.
Barring widespread attrition within the class, Tennessee recruiting efforts could give coach Butch Jones leverage as he nears the 2017 season with some preseason publications suggesting his job security is trending downward.
The status of the Vols 2018 recruiting class indicates Jones andhis retooled staffare successfully appealing to some of the country most highly sought high school players, even as preseason publications from Athlon Sports and Street Smith project Tennessee will finish third in the Southeastern Conference East Division this year.
Emerson told NFL Network that Tennessee staff "make me feel at home when I come there."
"Not saying that other people don make you feel at home," he said. "But you know most people don try and reach out to you as much as they do."
Emerson is Tennessee seventh four star recruit committed for the Vols 2018 class, which has 16 players committed, including one five star and nike r&d spending eight three star prospects, according to 247Sports. But Jones hasyet to secure a contract extension, and his deal expires after the 2020 season.
"We had a lot of conversations about our program," Currie said when asked about Jones contract nike u back sports bra last month. "But we really focused on getting ready for the season, doing a great job in recruiting as he is doing and getting to know each other. I thrilled. I couldn be more pleased with nike yeezy 1 being able to work with Coach Jones. He cares so much."
After theloss of six players to the NFL draftand a significant revamping of the coaching staff after the Vols went 9 4 last season, Tennessee enters this season with less hype than a year ago.
During next week trip to SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., the Vols are likely to be tabbed to finish in the middle of the division by media, who are likely to press Jones about the progress made in his first four seasons as coach.