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Outlook for Tennessee’s Early Enrollees

Freshman defensive end Andrew Butcher
Freshman defensive end Andrew Butcher

We’ll have full coverage of National Signing Day on Wednesday, but we also didn’t want to forget the 10 early enrollees, who joined the Vols at the beginning of the spring semester and have already begun classes and offseason workouts. Here’s a reminder on the basic information for all 10 and an outlook from the three members of the RTI team for what their career at Tennessee could look like.

Andrew Butcher
Defensive End
6-2, 245 pounds
Alpharetta, GA (Alpharetta HS)
Top Offers
Alabama, Missouri, Miami, Stanford, Notre Dame
Tennessee enrollee ★★★★ ★★★
247Sports: ★★★ ★★★★

RTI Average: 3.5-stars

RTI’s take:

Daniel: Butcher might be one of the most overlooked recruits in this class. An early commitment that had little drama in his recruitment, he doesn’t come in with the star power that some of the other defensive linemen in this class do, but he could develop into a nice pass-rushing presence if given a few years to develop.

Houston: Butcher comes in with great size, underrated speed and a great motor for a defensive end. The Clemson legacy player was vital in the early stages of putting this recruiting class together and deserves a lot of credit for recruiting early and doing his best to recruit others to join him. With Tennessee’s need for quality depth along the defensive line, look for Butcher to earn a shot at a spot in the rotation at defensive end.

Reed: There may not be a more underrated player in this class. He’s a tough, physical player with plus speed off the edge. He could develop into an every down end with some time. Fortunately, the Vols have some talent and depth at defensive end this season – that should allow Butcher to ease into the college game. 

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