Vols Are Eyeing Another Running Back in 2018 Class

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    Tennessee already has one running back signed in their 2018 class and another committed. But they’ve been looking at a few other backs in the 2018 class, and they extended an offer to another running back this week.

    Maurice Washington, a three-star back out of Cedar Hill, Texas, picked up an offer this week from the Vols. Washington is listed as the No. 415 overall player and 19th-ranked running back in the 2018 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

    Washington holds offers from LSU, Ohio State, USC, Washington, Missouri, and Ole Miss. The 6-foot, 175 pound Washington played on both sides of the ball for Trinity Christian School and had a solid senior season. Washington totaled 1,253 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 123 carries while also hauling in 582 receiving yards and nine scores on 26 receptions according to Max Preps. He averaged 12.3 yards per touch in 11 games on offense. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown as well, and he also totaled 29 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and an interception on defense.

    His film shows off his ability to turn a potentially busted play into something, and he displays athleticism and speed. He has the frame to add quite a bit more weight, and he’ll need to in order to play in the SEC.

    With the departure of John Kelly into the NFL, the Vols are looking to add a couple more backs in this class to bolster depth moving forward. Jeremy Pruitt appears to have a blueprint for running backs, and it looks very similar to the type of back that Alabama plays. Pruitt favors the bigger backs who have athleticism rather than the quicker, more spread offense styled backs that Tennessee had under Butch Jones (with the exception of Jalen Hurd).

    Tennessee signed three-star/four-star back Jeremy Banks during the early signing period and have three-star Anthony Grant currently committed in the 2018 class as well.