The recruiting dead period in the 2019 cycle is still ongoing, and that’s allowing coaches to focus on looking ahead to the next cycle for a little bit. Tennessee’s coaches have already sent out several offers to prospects in the 2020 class, and they continued doing so this weekend.
One of the top cornerbacks in the 2020 cycle, Fred Davis II, picked up an offer from the Vols late Sunday night. Tennessee joins over two dozen other schools to offer Davis already.
— FD2 (@__FredDavis) January 7, 2019
The junior cornerback is rated as a five-star and the No. 30 overall prospect in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Those rankings also have him as the No. 3 cornerback in 2020 and the second-best player in the state of Florida.
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Though he just finished up his junior year of high school down at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, Davis already holds nearly 30 scholarship offers around the country. Schools like Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Miami, Florida, Florida State, and Michigan have all extended offers to Davis already.
The 6-foot-1, 177-pound defensive back is one of the top names at his position in the 2020 cycle for good reason.
Davis’ physicality and play-making ability immediately stand out when looking at his highlight film. He plays press and man coverage well, which makes him highly appealing to Jeremy Pruitt and UT’s defensive coaches. He attacks receivers effectively and is good defending deep passes. He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time to make plays, and he’s a versatile defensive back as well. Davis plays both corner and safety for Trinity Christian School, and that flexibility will serve him well down the line.
As a junior this past year, Davis totaled 48 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 12 passes defended, and an interception he returned for a touchdown according to MaxPreps. He also returned a kick-off for a touchdown and averaged 26 yards per return.
The Vols will need to add a few defensive backs in their 2020 class to replace some graduating players after the 2019 season, and Davis will likely be high up on UT’s target list. Getting him to visit will be key, as so far he’s only visited in-state schools in Florida.