Vols Land Commitment from Elite 2018 Defensive Lineman

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    One of the nation’s top defensive linemen and one of the state of Tennessee’s best overall players has committed to the Vols.

    Greg Emerson, ranked as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the country and No. 2 player in the state of Tennessee by the 247Sports Composite rankings, has pledged his commitment to the Vols according to a report from college football analyst Bruce Feldman.

    Emerson is a consensus four-star defensive tackle by all the major recruiting services and is rated as high as the No. 26 player in the country and No. 3 defensive tackle by the regular 247Sports rankings. He holds offers from some of the top programs in college football. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Florida State, LSU, USC, Georgia, Oregon, and other have all extended scholarship offers to Emerson.

    Emerson recently competed in Nike’s The Opening this past weekend. He unfortunately went down with a lower leg injury at the event, but Emerson provided an update himself and stated he will be back in action in 4-6 weeks.

    At 6-foot-3, 296 pounds, Emerson has the size college coaches want in an athletic defensive tackle. And athletic he is. Emerson plays both tackle and defensive end for North Side High School, and his highlight film shows off his strength and awareness at both positions.

    Rated as the second-highest rated player in the state of Tennessee and the highest-rated defensive linemen in-state by the 247Sports Composite, Emerson helped give the Vols a clean sweep with the “big three” of defensive tackles in the state of Tennessee. He joins fellow four-stars D’Andre Litaker and Brant Lawless, both of which play in the mid-state area. Emerson plays in Jackson, Tennessee, the same area current freshman and former five-star offensive tackle Trey Smith played in.

    With Emerson’s commitment, the Vols now have 16 total commitments in their 2018 class. Emerson is the fourth defensive lineman to pledge a commitment to the Vols in the 2018 class, and he’s the eighth in-state player to commit to the Vols.