Trio of In-State Four-Stars to Visit Vols

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    Recruiting is starting to heat up for Tennessee’s football team. After a little bit of a quiet period in the spring, the Vols have started to make top tens and top fives for recruits, have picked up a commitment in the 2020 class, and have hosted several players on official and unofficial visits the last few weeks.

    Now the Vols are set to host a trio of highly-rated athletes from inside their own state borders.

    According to Trey Wallace of The Read Optional, the Vols will be hosting three four-stars from the state of Tennessee on Tuesday. Defensive backs Adonis Otey and Woodi Washington will be on campus along with wide receiver Trey Knox.

    All three prospects are rated as four-stars by the 247Sports Composite rankings. Knox is the highest-rated of the three, coming in at No. 193 overall in the 2019 class and No. 4 in the state. Knox plays for Blackman High School in Murfreesboro. Otey is teammates with Knox at Blackman, and he’s rated as the No. 357 overall player and 17th-best player in the state. Washington also plays in Murfreesboro, but he plays for one of Blackman’s rivals at Oakland High School. He’s the No. 197 overall player and No. 6 player in the state.

    Knox has been one of the top in-state targets for the Vols for a while. Tennessee’s previous coaching staff recruited Knox hard, and the Vols’ current staff has continued to do so. Knox has unofficially visited Tennessee’s campus twice in the last nine months already.

    Otey has been a player that Tennessee’s new staff has begun to work harder to land. He’s primarily been getting interest and showing interest in tons of other top schools across the country. Florida State, Ohio State, and Michigan have all offered him over the last couple months.

    Washington seems to really like what he’s seen from the Vols’ new coaching staff. He’s visited Tennessee twice already in 2018 despite getting offers and interest from just as many top tier programs as Otey. Florida State, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame have all either offered or had Washington on unofficial visits over the last few months.

    Getting all three players to come on a visit all at once is a big deal for Tennessee. The in-state class of prospects in the 2019 recruiting cycle is full of highly-rated players, and the Vols will try to nab some of the top talent in the state during this cycle.

    The Vols already have a commitment from one of the top offensive linemen in the state in four-star Jackson Lampley. But as of now, he’s Tennessee’s only in-state commitment for the 2019 class.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.