Vols Add a Defensive End to the 2017 Class

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    via Ryan Thaxton’s Twitter

    It’s crunch time in the 2017 recruiting cycle, and the Vols’ class is nearly at full capacity. But Tennessee still has a few needs and wants to add a couple more players to their class, and they picked up a commitment on Tuesday morning.

    Ryan Thaxton, a three-star defensive end out of Alexandria, Virginia, announced his commitment to the Vols via Twitter on Tuesday morning.

    Thaxton holds offers from Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Air Force, Army, Yale, and others. Thaxton is rated as the 39th-ranked strong-side defensive end in the 2017 class according to 247Sports. Thaxton still has visits scheduled to North Carolina State and Ole Miss and recently visited Tennessee on January 13th.

    At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Thaxton has the frame and size to add on more weight that will be needed at the SEC level. His highlight film shows a disruptive end who can attack the passer and running back equally.

    The Vols now have 27 prospects in their 2017 class. Five of those players are early enrollees and are already on campus. Thaxton becomes the seventh defensive lineman to join the Vols’ 2017 class, and he’s the third projected defensive end in the class.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.