Vols Make Top Ten for Huge Defensive Lineman

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    Tennessee made the top ten for another big-time prospect this weekend.

    Lawrenceville, Georgia native Jaelin Humphries is one of the highest rated defensive tackles in the 2019 class, and his top 10 features eight SEC schools. The Vols are one of them.

    Saturday morning, Humphries tweeted a letter thanking some of his coaches and revealing his top 10 schools.

    If Tennessee can’t land him, they’ll be losing twice, as they would likely end up playing against him every year. Georgia is considered the favorite, with Florida and Alabama also receiving a lot of interest, all teams on the schedule every year.

    Humphries is rated by 247sports as the 202nd best player in the country, and is the 13th best at his position.

    While he may be 6-3, 303 pounds, he possesses the quickness of much smaller player. He plays offensive tackle at Mountain View High School as well, which also demonstrates his quickness.

    On his film, he shows dominant strength. He can eat double teams, and plug gaps in the run game really well. Humphries plays with good leverage, and separates well to make tackles. He is a smart player, and takes good pursuit angles.

    Humphries’ biggest problem right now is his hands, and his inconsistency using them. There were times on film when he would attack with his chest, shoulders, or forearms. And it worked because of his strength. But at the collegiate level he needs to the use his hands more or else offensive lineman will be able to get inside on his pads and drive him.

    He may not present a huge threat as a pass rusher, but he’s dominant against the run.

    Humphries has lots of potential. He may not be able to be contribute right away, but a good coaching staff could mold him into an excellent player. It will be hard for Jeremy Pruitt and his staff to wrestle him out of his home state, but if they can they certainly will have a good player on their hands.