Vols’ Host Five-Star RB, Former UGA Commit on Saturday

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    (Photo via @Emery4___ on Twitter)

    Saturday turned into a big recruiting weekend for the Vols as they played No. 11 Kentucky. They already had one five-star 2019 prospect visiting them in Quavaris Crouch, and another highly-rated recruit was in Knoxville for the game as well.

    According to Jesse Simonton of Volquest, five-star running back John Emery made the trip to Neyland Stadium to see the Vols play on Saturday. Emery was once committed to Georgia but reopened his recruitment back on October 25th.

    Emery is rated as a consensus five-star, and he’s the No. 2 running back in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Those rankings also have him rated as the No. 22 overall player and the third-best player from the state of Louisiana.

    Emery’s father played at Tennessee, though he didn’t finish his collegiate career at UT. He transferred before his eligibility was completed with the Vols.

    Ever since he decommitted from Georgia, Emery’s recruitment has gone into overdrive. LSU is a team that’s been pursuing him exceptionally hard even when he was committed to the Bulldogs, and now the Vols have started to try and become a factor in his recruitment.

    The 5-foot-11, 206-pound running back holds offers from well over a dozen schools, and Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee staff have a solid relationship with the five-star prospect.

    Tennessee is pursuing several players at running back in the 2019 cycle, but Emery and four-star Michigan commit Eric Gray are the most notable. The Vols don’t have a true running back committed to them in their 2019 class, though many believe three-star athlete Aaron Beasley could be tried out at running back or safety either one.