Vols Offer 2019 JUCO Defensive Tackle

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    (Photo via @KeonteSchad on Twitter)

    Tennessee already has two junior college defensive linemen committed to them in their 2019 class. But on Wednesday, they sent out an offer to yet another JUCO defensive lineman.

    Keonte Schad, a defensive lineman who plays for Ellsworth Community College, picked up an offer from Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon. The Vols are the first SEC school to offer Schad, but they aren’t the first Power Five school to offer him.

    Back in May, Schad committed to Minnesota and has been committed to them since then. He also holds offers from Oklahoma, UCF, Virginia Tech, Boise State, and Houston. Schad played for East High School in Madison, Wisconsin but wasn’t ranked by 247Sports coming out of high school.

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    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Schad is the No. 2 JUCO defensive tackle in the 2019 class, and he’s the No. 23 overall JUCO player in this class. He’s already taken an official visit to UCF, and he plans to officially visit Minnesota in early December.

    Though he’s listed as a defensive tackle on 247Sports, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound lineman usually lined up at defensive end for Ellsworth. And he’s showed a lot of promise at that position.

    Schad has a great push off the line, and his tenacity immediately stands out on his film. He wraps up well on his tackles, and he gets into the backfield quickly once he sheds blocks. It’s apparent from his film he was relied upon as a run-stopper, and he did a good job at that. He’s faster than you might expect for his size, and he’s a very versatile lineman.

    In his second season with Ellsworth, Schad totaled 23 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and two fumble recoveries according to his school’s site. In his first year with Ellsworth, he had 48 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, a sack, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

    The Vols already have the No. 1 JUCO defensive tackle committed to them in their 2019 class in Savion Williams, and the No. 4 JUCO defensive tackle, Darel Middleton, has also given Tennessee his pledge. Tennessee currently has 20 players committed to them in the 2019 cycle.