The Vols are in need of cornerbacks for the future, and they are pursuing the position hard in the 2018 class. They got some help late Monday night with a commitment from a corner out of Florida.
Brandon Cross, a three-star corner out of Orlando, FL, tweeted out his commitment to the Vols on Monday night. He chose Tennessee over offers from Mississippi State, Missouri, Syracuse, and others.
— Two2 (@iambcross) June 12, 2017
Cross is rated as the No. 683 overall player in the country and 64th-best corner according to 247Sports. The Composite rankings have Cross as the No. 1137 overall player and No. 101 corner.
He may not bet the highest-rated commit the Vols have, but Cross’s film does show a corner with solid awareness and instincts. He doesn’t get caught off guard often in high school, and he has strong coverage skills. Cross is also a good run defender, and his highest ceiling may even be at safety.
At 5-foot-11, Cross isn’t the biggest body on the field. But a player like Cam Sutton (who was also 5-foot-11) has proven you don’t always have to have elite size and athletic ability to flourish as a corner.
The Vols now are back up to 12 commitments in the 2018 recruiting class after losing a commitment last week. Cross is the second corner to give his pledge to the Vols, and he’s the second player from Florida to commit to Tennessee, joining three-star quarterback Michael Penix.