Another Highly-Rated UGA Commit Set to Visit Vols

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    Two of Georgia’s top commitments in their 2019 class are already set to visit the Vols this upcoming weekend when Tennessee plays Missouri. Now another one of the Bulldogs’ highly-rated recruits will be visiting Tennessee on Saturday.

    Nolan Smith, the No. 1 player in the country, announced earlier this week he plans to visit the Vols, and five-star defensive tackle and fellow UGA commit Travon Walker is also set to come along with Smith. On Wednesday, four-star inside linebacker Trezmen Marshall tweeted out that he’ll be in Knoxville this weekend too.

    Marshall is the No. 96 overall player and No. 6 inside linebacker in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. The No. 10 player in the state of Georgia has been committed to the Bulldogs since April of this year, but other teams have still pursued him. Tennessee has kept in contact with him for a while, and Marshall actually took an official visit to Knoxville back in June.

    It’s worth noting that Marshall goes to the same high school as Tennessee freshman defensive lineman John Mincey. The two were teammates last year, and now Mincey, a former three-star defensive lineman in the 2018 class, is enrolled at Tennessee. Marshall is also good friends with 2019 five-star linebacker Owen Pappoe of Grayson High School. Pappoe, who committed to Auburn on May 1st, is a teammate of Vol commit and five-star offensive tackle Wanya Morris. The Vols have been working very hard to try and flip Pappoe from Auburn as well.

    Marshall is an athletic freak. He plays a variety of positions for Clinch County High School, but he likely will play inside linebacker in college. The 6-foot-1, 235 pound athlete is tenacious and relentless on defense, ripping through blocks to take down quarterbacks and running backs alike. He has solid pursuit and can cover players in the flat effectively. He’s ferocious on offense and doesn’t shy away from contact one bit. His intensity is the biggest thing that stands out about him, and he doesn’t let up on any play.

    Marshall plays on both sides of the ball for Clinch County, and he’s been effective at both this season. At the end of October, Marshall had over 200 passing yards, 600 rushing yards, and led his team in tackles. He was once listed as an athlete by recruiting services, but now most have him categorized as an inside linebacker.

    This Saturday’s game against Missouri is turning out to be another huge recruiting weekend for the Vols. Tennessee hosted a handful of five-stars and other highly-rated players last weekend when they played Kentucky, and this weekend is shaping up to be a similar event. It’s unclear just how much of a flip option any of the Georgia commits who are coming in actually are, but the optics of having so many highly-rated players who are committed to another school coming in to visit on the same weekend are good regardless.

    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.