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In-State Defensive Lineman Picks Up Vols Offer

(Photo via Howard Abell/ The Dickson Herald)

The 2020 recruiting cycle is chock full of talented players from the state of Tennessee. According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the state of Tennessee has 11 prospects ranked as four-stars or better, and there are 18 recruits ranked inside the top-500 overall players in the 2020 class. The Vols are in a good spot with several of those prospects, but on Friday they sent out an offer to a recruit who has gone unheralded in the state up to this point.

Tre’vonn Rybka is a defensive lineman who plays for Dickson County in Dickson, Tennessee. On Friday, he picked up an offer from the Vols, marking the sixth offer he’s received from an FBS school over the last week.

Right now, Rybka isn’t rated by 247Sports, but the 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman has garnered a lot of attention over the last week. Since January 25th, Rybka has picked up offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Charlotte, Memphis, and now Tennessee — in that order.

Rybka is starting to pick up interest from a lot of Power Five schools, and it’s clear to see why when you look at his film.

The Dickson lineman is still pretty raw when it comes to his technique, but boy, does he play with physicality and aggression. He can maul blockers and has pretty good speed for his size. He looks like a good fit to be a defensive end in a 3-4 defensive scheme, and he has the size and raw talent that coaches would love to be able to mold. He’ll need to learn some more moves and get a better hold on his footwork and hand placement, but his potential is pretty high as long as he’s coachable.

As a junior, Rybka totaled 50 tackles, five sacks, and eight tackles for loss for Dickson County. His team overall didn’t have a great season (they finished 3-7), but Rybka was a bright spot for the Cougars.

Tennessee has some big targets inside their state borders in the 2020 cycle, but very few of them are projected defensive lineman. Rybka will be a name to keep an eye on, and he’ll likely start making travel plans to go to camps over the spring and summer to show schools what he can do in person.

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