Vols Make Initial Cut for Elite Athlete out of Michigan

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    (Photo via @_enzoj on Twitter)

    Tennessee is looking to add some speed to their roster in their 2020 class, and the Vols are among the top schools for one of the fastest players in the country.

    Enzo Jennings, an athlete out of Michigan in the 2020 class, has been clocked running a sub-4.4 second 40-yard dash in the past year. Wednesday, he tweeted out a graphic revealing his top 11 schools, and Tennessee made the cut.

    Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, Georgia, Pitt, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Kentucky round out the top 11.

    Jennings is from Oak Park, Michigan and plays for Oak Park High School. Per the 247Sports Composite rankings, he is a four-star athlete and a top-100 prospect in the nation. The four-star is the No. 7 athlete and the No. 2 player in Michigan, ranking only behind high school teammate Justin Rogers, the nation’s No. 1 guard.

    The Vols offered Jennings all the way back in October of 2017 under the previous staff. He took an unofficial to Knoxville back in March.

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    The 6-foot-2, 175-pound athlete is likely a defensive back at the next level, but his skill set makes him a possibility at a few positions. As a junior, he had 65 tackles and 5 interceptions.

    While he is a talented football player all around, Jennings’ best fit is definitely at corner. A look at his film shows an instinctual player with the natural ability to play defensive back. Jennings moves quickly and smoothly, and he’s hard to shake when he has you in man coverage. He is too fast to run by, even if he walks all the way up to the line. What really makes him special, though, is his versatility. Jennings can cover any type of receiver, and he can play any type of coverage. Despite his speed, he is still a big, strong player. He is a former linebacker, so he plays very physical and is a sure tackler. He has great eye discipline and possess a high football IQ. Jennings has fluid hips and flips them well to match up with his above average footwork.

    He has all the makings of an elite cornerback and is somebody I’m sure Jeremy Pruitt would love to get his hands on.

    The Vols still have some ground to make up to become a serious player as his recruitment winds down. Being in the top 11, however, is a step in the right direction. Jennings is the type of guy that is really going to take his time with his decision. Tennessee could still become a major player.

    It does help the Vols that they’re in a good spot with his teammate, Justin Rogers. Rogers is the top guard in the 2020 cycle, and he really likes the Vols and unofficially visited UT in November. Expect Tennessee’s coaches to try and get both elite 2020 prospects to sign.