In-State DE Finally Gets Offer from Vols

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    One of the top defensive ends in the state of Tennessee in the 2019 recruiting cycle didn’t have an offer from the Vols up until this past Friday. And Tennessee finally extended a scholarship offer to the talented pass rusher out of Lebanon.

    Zion Logue is a three-star defensive end who measures in at an impressive 6-foot-6, 287 pounds. And on Friday, he finally picked up an offer from the flagship university in the state of Tennessee.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Louge is a three-star and the No. 707 overall player in the 2019 class. He’s the No. 24 player in the state of Tennessee and the fourth-best defensive end in the state per those rankings as well. He recently added an offer from Georgia earlier this month, and he holds offers from Nebraska, Ole Miss, Cincinnati, Louisville, and others.

    Logue was pleased to pick up an offer from Tennessee, but he also felt a little slighted that it took the Vols’ new coaching staff this long to give him one. He told 247Sports that it was “about time” that Tennessee offered him when they did. Logue attended a Junior Day event on Tennessee’s campus back on March 3rd and has been on the Vols’ radar for a while. But UT’s new coaching staff hadn’t extended an offer to him yet until this week.

    What changed? Logue put together a solid junior season and has been performing well at camps this offseason.

    One word comes to mind when watching Logue’s highlight film from high school, and that’s “disruptive.” He gets in the backfield on a multitude of plays and harasses quarterbacks and running backs alike. He even makes some plays on special teams too. He’ll fight through blocks and use his athleticism and size to track down ball carriers. One thing he’ll need to improve on is his technique and developing a more versatile repertoire of moves to get past offensive linemen. But he already has a solid foundation to work with, and his size makes him very intriguing.

    Tennessee desperately needs pass rushers in their next few recruiting cycles, and Logue fits that bill. He still needs some time to develop and hone his skills, but he’s a solid overall player from an area that doesn’t produce a ton of talent. And that’s another reason why Tennessee may have been skeptical about him; Lebanon isn’t exactly a hotbed in recruiting. How good are the players he’s going up against on a weekly basis?

    Logue’s recruitment will be interesting to keep an eye on. If he keeps performing well at camps this summer, his offer list may expand. Did Tennessee offering him a little late hurt their chances? Or did it only inspire Logue to work that much harder?

    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.