Vols to Get Surprise Visit from Elite, Four-Star Pass Rusher

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    (Photo via @khris_a1 on Twitter)

    This weekend is a huge recruiting weekend for Tennessee. The Vols, like most other teams across the country, are hosting one last big recruiting event before the start of fall camp. UT’s coaches are hosting a big cookout and are expected to have several visitors. And Tennessee got a surprise late Thursday night with one of their top targets.

    Khris Bogle, an elite pass rusher from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, announced late Thursday night that he had arrived in Knoxville for his second visit to Tennessee in less than two months.

    Bogle visited Tennessee back on June 8th and has made the Vols a big priority in his recruitment. According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Bogle is the No. 59 overall player in the 2019 class and the fourth-best weakside defensive end in the country. He holds offers from several top programs such as Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State, Auburn, LSU, Miami, Florida, and many others.

    The elite pass rusher was named the defensive line MVP of the Rivals Five-Star Challenge earlier this summer. He dominated at his respective drills, and he rose in the recruiting rankings from barely inside the top-100 overall to right outside the top-50 players in the 2019 class. Bogle recently officially visited Texas A&M and has taken unofficial visits to Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Miami, Louisville, and Ole Miss this summer as well.

    Bogle also plans on visiting Tennessee in September, likely for the Vols’ match-up with Florida.

    Though he plays defensive end for Cardinal Gibbons High School down in Florida, Bogle 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 totaled 70 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, a pass defended, a blocked field goal, and two safeties according to MaxPreps.

    Along with five-stars Darnell Wright, Quavaris Crouch, and Henry To’oto’o, Bogle is one of the Vols’ top targets in the 2019 recruiting class. He looks like the type of pass rusher that Tennessee’s defensive coaching staff would absolutely love to have on the roster, and he should be able to come in an make an immediate impact as a freshman even with his slight undersized frame.

    Tennessee and Bogle have a solid relationship, and his surprise visit is just another sign of that. There could be a few more attention-grabbing headlines in the coming 48 hours around the Vols’ cookout weekend, so stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted on any and all developments.



    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.