Vols Offer Elite, Five-Star Offensive Tackle

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    College football fans have turned their collective attention towards bowl season with the early signing period out of the way and the College Football Playoff still a few days away. While the Vols may not be playing in a bowl this year, they have been very active during the last two weeks of December.

    Despite his involvement with Alabama as their acting defensive coordinator, Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt has spent a lot of time recruiting for the Vols since the early signing period finished. Not a day goes by, it seems, where he and his staff at Tennessee haven’t extended an offer to a prospect.

    Friday was no exception as the Vols gave a scholarship offer to five-star offensive lineman Kenyon Green. The 6-foot-5, 315 pound offensive tackle is from Humble, Texas and plays for Atascocita High School. He’s ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the 2019 class and No. 9 overall player in the class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He tweeted out the offer Friday afternoon.

    Tennessee became the 19th school to extend an offer to Green, joining the likes of Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M among others. He was once committed to LSU but decommitted on December 18th. Texas A&M has both of the two crystal ball predictions for him on 247Sports.

    Green is the typical blue-chip prospect. Just about every high profile program in the nation will be after him, as his recruitment is really starting to pick up steam since his decommitment from LSU earlier this month.

    A look at his film shows exactly what you would expect from a five-star prospect. He is an aggressive player that consistently knocks defenders off the ball. He is surprisingly athletic for his size, and that shows on his pass sets. He has a strong anchor leg, allowing him to consistently cancel out the inside move on the pass rush. He blocks with a low center of gravity, and he has no problem latching onto defenders in space. He does, however, show a slow first step from time to time, and his footwork could use more development.

    There is no such thing as guaranteed success when it comes to prospects, even if they are a five-star. Kenyon Green, however, appears to have all the tools to become a high caliber player at the FBS level. Every team in the country is going to want him to sign with them next year, and the Vols could definitely use his services on the offensive line.

    Tennessee has a lot of work to do if they want to seriously be in contention, but Pruitt is putting together a staff of elite recruiters. Green would be the focal point of any signing class.