Vols Top 2019 Targets After Early Signing Period

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    Tennessee has wrapped up their early signing period class, and now the focus turns to the unsigned prospects still on the board in the 2019 cycle.

    The Vols signed 19 players during the early signing period, so that leaves them with only a few spots remaining in their 2019 class. Realistically, Tennessee has probably around 4-6 spots left in their 2019 class, and they had a handful of committed players who didn’t sign with them during the December signing period.

    Four-star safety Anthony Harris, four-star JUCO linebacker Lakia Henry, and three-star defensive tackle LeDarrius Cox didn’t sign with Tennessee. Harris is expected to still sign with the Vols as long as his grades check out (and Mack Brown at North Carolina doesn’t end up making a major move on him), and Cox himself said in an interview earlier this week that he’s still committed to Tennessee and plans on signing.

    Henry, however, is another story.

    It looks like Henry may not end up being part of Tennessee’s class for one reason or another, and the teams to watch out for him are Florida State and Arkansas. There’s still a chance the Vols retain him, but there’s a good chance he won’t end up signing with UT in the 2019 class.

    With that in mind, who else will the Vols try to sign in the 2019 class?

    On Wednesday, Jeremy Pruitt addressed how he and his staff will attack the recruiting trail over the next month and a half, stating that they’ll have to be selective but know more or less what they’re looking for to round out this class.

    “There are certain areas of our football team that we just need more numbers, especially up front,” Pruitt said. “We probably will look to take another skill player on offense and a skill player on defense. We can’t have enough big men, so we will take a couple other big men if we can get them.

    “With 17 (now 19) spots, we still have a few spots to fill.”

    Pruitt’s plan is to take another skill player (receiver most likely) on offense, a skill player on defense (likely a defensive back) and a “couple other big men.” Those “big men” are likely another offensive lineman, another defensive lineman, and a linebacker or two.

    With those details in mind, here are the most likely targets for the Vols for the remainder of the 2019 recruiting cycle.

    All rankings are via the 247Sports Composite rankings unless noted otherwise 

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    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.