Vols in Top 5 For DE Chidi Okonya

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    Photo via Okonya's Twitter account

    Photo via Okonya’s Twitter account

    Tennessee is in the top five for 6-foot-6, 215-pound defensive end Chidi Okonya of Riverdale, Ga., Okonya announced Monday night via Twitter.

    Okonya, who was recently invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, will make his announcement between UT, Clemson, Stanford, Ole Miss and Duke following his high school’s spring game on May 15.

    Ranked as either a three or four star on the major recruiting networks, Okonya’s length makes him an intriguing prospect.

    “Okonya is a tall, long-framed defender who uses his length to disrupt passing lanes from multiple alignments in the front seven,” ESPN.com wrote in a scouting report. “Will work to get to plays on the perimeter and shows good straight-line attack speed and the range to cover a lot of ground quickly. Displays the physical tools to develop as a pass rusher. Has long arms which help him shed blocks and stay clean. Shows he can overpower blockers in order to get to the QB as well.”

    Defensive line won’t be a huge priority this class after the Vols cleaned up in that area in 2015, but expect the Vols to add a few pieces at a position that you can’t have too much depth at.


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