Which Vol Commits are Expected to Sign During Early Signing Period

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    Tennessee currently has 20 recruits committed to them in their 2019 class. But how many of those prospects are set to sign with the Vols during the early signing period later this week?

    The second-ever early signing period begins this week on Wednesday, December 19th and will run through the end of the day on Friday, December 21st. Last year, the Vols had an impressive early signing period haul that saw them hold on to some key commits in the 2018 class while also adding players who had an instant impact this season such as Dominick Wood-Anderson and Jahmir Johnson.

    This year, Tennessee didn’t have to deal with a head coaching search just days before the early signing period started. Last year, Jeremy Pruitt had been the head coach of Tennessee for less than two weeks by the time the early period started. This year, Pruitt has just completed his first season as UT’s head coach and has had much more time to develop relationships and recruit prospects longer in this cycle.

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    Tennessee is still pursuing a number of prospects who aren’t currently committed to them in the 2019 class, and they’re hoping to pull in a few big names during the early signing period. But how many current Vol commits will sign with Tennessee this December?

    Here are the 15 current Vol commits who are expected to sign with Tennessee this upcoming week (information is subject to change).

    All rankings are via the 247Sports Composite rankings

    Wanya Morris — No. 13 overall, No. 3 OT
    Ramel Keyton — No. 107 overall, No. 18 WR
    Jaylen McCollough — No. 162 overall, No. 14 S
    Tyus Fields — No. 230 overall, No. 27 CB
    Jackson Lampley — No. 247 overall, No. 15 G
    Jackson Lowe — No. 346 overall, No. 12 TE
    Roman Harrison — No. 456 overall, No. 32 WDE
    Melvin McBride — No. 460 overall, No. 23 G
    Savion Williams — No. 20 JUCO overall, No. 1 JUCO DT
    Brian Maurer — No. 474 overall, No. 17 pro-style QB
    Warren Burrell — No. 513 overall, No. 52 CB
    Darel Middleton — No. 41 JUCO overall, No. 5 JUCO DT
    Sean Brown — No. 778 overall, No. 34 TE
    Elijah Simmons — No. 783 overall, No. 51 DT
    Chris Akporoghene — No. 835 overall, No. 68 OT

    Here’s a look at Tennessee’s current commits who aren’t expected to sign with the Vols later this week:

    Anthony Harris — No. 208 overall, No. 18 S
    Lakia Henry — No. 3 JUCO overall, No. 1 JUCO LB
    Aaron Beasley — No. 511 overall, No. 27 S
    Jalil Clemons — No. 547 overall, No. 38 SDE
    LeDarrius Cox — No. 589 overall, No. 38 DT

    Most of the players who aren’t signing with the Vols during the early signing period are still expected to sign with Tennessee in February, but there will likely be a little bit of movement in UT’s recruiting class between now and National Signing Day in February. We will keep you updated as changes occur.