Vols are Finalists for Elite Pass Rusher Out of Florida

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    (Photo via @khris_a1 on Twitter)

    The Vols will likely lock up about three fourths of their 2019 signing class in the early signing period, but there are still some big names to keep and eye on until the regular signing day in February.

    One of those names is elite defensive end Khris Bogle. This week, he announced his top four schools via Twitter, and the Vols are one of those schools

    Miami, Alabama, and Florida are the other finalists for his services.

    Bogle has visited Tennessee several times and has made the Vols a big priority in his recruitment. According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Bogle is the No. 57 overall player in the 2019 class and the third-best weakside defensive end in the country. He is a top ten player in the talent-rich state of Florida.

    Tennessee’s previous coaching staff sent out a scholarship offer to Bogle in August of 2017, but the talented defensive end didn’t show much interest in the Vols until Jeremy Pruitt and his staff took charge.

    The elite pass rusher was named the defensive line MVP of the Rivals Five-Star Challenge this past 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 will be announcing his commitment January 5th, live on NBC from the All-American Bowl.

    Tennessee quarterback signee Brian Mauer has been doing a lot of peer recruiting for the Vols in the 2019 class, and it looks like he will be in Bogle’s ear right until the end. He quote tweeted Bogle’s final four tweet and said, “You know where home is, Think about what we talked about tonight ..”

    Bogle is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and plays for Cardinal Gibbons High School. Proximity to home is an important factor in his recruitment, and Miami is a heavy favorite to land Bogle right now.

    In his senior season, Bogle only played in nine games, but he recorded 54 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks. He also blocked a field goal and recovered two fumbles.

    Though he plays defensive end for Cardinal Gibbons High School, he 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.

    Along with five-stars Darnell Wright, Quavaris Crouch, and Henry To’oto’o, Bogle is one of the Vols’ top targets still out there after the early signing period. 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.

    But Tennessee will have a tough time pulling him out of Florida, and there’s a reason Miami is the perceived favorite to land him. But UT’s coaches will continue to push for him and will make him a priority.