Vols Get Commitment from Versatile Pass Rusher in 2019 Class

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    (Photo via @RomanHarrison10 on Twitter)

    Tennessee continues to try and build up their defense and add players who fit into their new defensive system moving forward, and they did just that with their latest commitment in the 2019 class.

    Roman Harrison, a defensive end/linebacker hybrid from Bainbridge, Georgia, tweeted out on Wednesday afternoon that he is committing to the Vols in the 2019 recruiting class.

    When Tennessee offered Harrison back on June 12th, he only had three FBS offers to his name and wasn’t even rated by 247Sports. Since then, he’s picked up an offer from Michigan State and has continued to garner interest from other schools. He’s now the No. 515 overall player in the 2019 class according to 247Sports and is technically classified as a weak-side defensive end. But he projects as an outside linebacker/pass rusher in college.

    Harrison is a toned 6-foot-2, 241 pounds and has similar numbers in the weight room as some of the better offensive lineman in the 2019 class. He is a freak athlete as well. At Tennessee’s football camp earlier this year, he recorded a 39-inch vertical.

    A look at Harrison’s film shows just how good of a football player he can be. He has the perfect combination of power and finesse, and he uses it wonderfully to defeat blockers. He changes direction swiftly and is a sure tackler. He has a wide variety of pass rushing moves, and he does a good job of switching them up to keep the opposition off guard. He is physically very gifted, but also very technically sound. It is very clear that he is playing out of position in high school. In college he projects as a hybrid, edge type defender. If used properly, he has the potential to become a breakout star. Tennessee may have been one of the first schools to realize this, but many others are going to catch on soon, especially now that he’s committed to the Vols. His recruitment could really blow up during his senior season.

    As a junior, Harrison totaled 50 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery according to MaxPreps.

    Tennessee now has 15 players committed in their 2019 class. Harrison gives them their second commitment from a defensive end/linebacker who projects as a pass rusher at the next level. He joins three-star Jalil Clemons, also listed as a defensive end, as the Vols’ lone pass rushers committed in the 2019 class so far.



    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.