Vols “At the Top” for Top-100 Overall Defensive End

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    (Photo via @khris_a1 on Twitter)

    The month of May has been a great one for Tennessee on the recruiting trail. They’ve picked up commitments from four players this month, and three of them have been rated as four-stars or higher. And they received more good recruiting news on Monday via an interview with one of the top defensive ends in the 2019 class.

    Khris Bogle is a four-star defensive end out of Four Lauderdale, Florida who has shown plenty of interest in the Vols since Jeremy Pruitt and his staff took over at Tennessee. And he said in an interview with 247Sports that the Vols are among his top teams in his recruitment. And that’s even after coming off an unofficial visit to Florida’s campus.

    “Florida has always been close to the top,” Bogle told 247Sports. “I don’t want to say they are my top. Like right now, it’s Miami and Tennessee at my top. So, Miami, Tennessee, and then Florida.”

    Bogle is rated as the No. 75 overall player and No. 4 weakside defensive end in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Those rankings also list him as the 11th-best player in the state of Florida. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound athlete holds offers from over three dozen schools, including Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Penn State, USC, LSU, and many others.

    Tennessee’s previous coaching staff sent out a scholarship offer to Bogle in August of 2017, but the talented defensive end didn’t show much interest in the Vols until Pruitt and his staff took charge. Bogle visited UT’s campus during the Orange & White Game last month and was very vocal on Twitter when five-star offensive tackle Wanya Morris committed to the Vols on May 1st.

    Though he plays defensive end for Cardinal Gibbons High School, he looks like a perfect fit to play at outside linebacker in Tennessee’s 3-4 defensive scheme on his highlight film. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, he’s undersized regardless of what position he’ll play in college. But he should be able to add plenty of weight to his tall frame. And his film shows off some elite athleticism and speed coming off the edge. Once Bogle is in the backfield, he strikes with precision and quickness. Though he’s a bit wiry right now, he’s actually pretty tough as well.

    As a junior, Bogle amassed 70 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, a pass defended, a blocked field goal, and two safeties according to MaxPreps.

    Snatching elite players out of the state of Florida is always a tough task, but that challenge won’t deter the Vols’ new coaching staff. Expect Tennessee to continue to battle Miami and the Gators to try and land Bogle in the 2019 class.



    Nathanael Rutherford
    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.