The Vols will be in need of cornerbacks over the next couple recruiting cycles, but they will have to look elsewhere in the 2018 class after a decommitment today.
Jaylon Reed, a three-star cornerback out of Olive Branch, Mississippi, announced via Twitter on Monday that he is re-opening his recruitment and has decommitted from the Vols.
— Jaylon Reed (@TheJaylonReed) June 5, 2017
Reed holds offers from Ole Miss, Georgia, Mississippi State, Oregon, Vanderbilt and others. The in-state Rebels are expected to be his favorite now, however. Reed is rated as a three-star according to 247Sports and is the No. 796 overall player in the country.
So where does Reeds’ decommitment leave the Vols’ 2018 class?
Right now, Tennessee’s class is still a top-10 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. But Reed’s departure does leave the Vols without a true cornerback committed in the 2018 class now (Shatar McClay projects as a corner but is listed as an athlete). But fortunately for Tennessee, it’s still early on in the 2018 recruiting cycle, so there’s plenty of time to find another cornerback prospect to fill that gap.
And the Vols are pursuing several other corners to potentially do just that.
Tennessee has offered scholarships to a number of corners in the 2018 recruiting cycle, and several, including four-stars Kyler McMichael and Jaycee Horn, have shown interest in the Vols as well.
The Vols now have 11 commitment in their 2018 recruiting class with the departure of Reed. And of those 11 commitments, seven of them are from the state of Tennessee.