Recruits React to Junior Day Visit on Saturday

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    (Photo via @JacolbeCowan12 on Twitter)

    Tennessee had a big day in both basketball and football on Saturday.

    Not only did the No. 7 Vols blow out No. 4 Kentucky in basketball on Saturday afternoon, but Tennessee’s football staff hosted a lot of highly-rated recruits for a big Junior Day event as well. The Vols welcomed in a lot of 2020 prospects and some 2021 recruits for a visit on Saturday, and many of the recruits seemed to enjoy their time in Knoxville.

    The Junior Day festivities included some discussions with coaches, a photo shoot, and taking in the big basketball game among other activities.

    So how did the event go? Let’s see it from the recruits themselves.

    Four-star defensive end Jacolbe Cowan from Charlotte, North Carolina took some pictures with a couple other big-time Vol targets in the 2020 class. In the fourth photo in his post, Cowan can be seen not only with UT defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, but also with four-star, in-state defensive end Tyler Baron and three-star Kentucky defensive tackle Octavious Oxendine. Cowan is rated as the No. 111 overall prospect and No. 6 strong-side defensive end in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

    One of the Vols’ top in-state targets made it to campus for the weekend as well. Four-star center Cooper Mays from Knoxville Catholic took some photos in UT gear. He’s the No. 292 overall player and No. 8 player in the state of Tennessee according to the 247Sports rankings.

    Though he’s currently committed to LSU, four-star wide receiver Kris Abrams-Draine took a visit to Knoxville for the weekend. He’s rated as the No. 350 overall player and No. 67 wide receiver according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s been committed to the Tigers since March of last year, but UT’s coaches have been pursuing him for a bit now.

    Four-star outside linebacker Jordan Banks also made a visit to Knoxville. Banks plays over in Harbor City in California. Alabama has been heavily involved in his recruitment. The 247Sports Composite rankings list him as the No. 218 overall prospect and No. 14 outside linebacker.

    E.J. Williams, a four-star wide receiver from Alabama, took a picture with Tennessee wide receivers coach Tee Martin and called him a “bad man.” Martin hails from Alabama himself and has a strong track record of developing wide receivers. Williams is rated as the No. 88 overall player and No. 19 wideout in the 2020 class per the 247Sports Composite.

    Another highly-rated 2020 prospect who was on campus on Saturday was Len’Neth Whitehead. He’s a four-star linebacker who’s rated as the No. 75 overall player and No. 4 inside linebacker according to 247Sports. He’s an intriguing prospect who is a standout not only in football, but also in shot put. He actually turned down an invitation to the Junior Olympics in Argentina last year to focus on football. He’s the No. 1 shot put thrower in his age group.

    Jaheim Bell is a fast-rising prospect out of Georgia who is getting more and more attention from the Vols. Right now he’s just a three-star, but he holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, Penn State, and over two dozen other schools. He seems to be fairly high on Tennessee. He’s a 6-foot-3 athlete who will likely play receiver at the next level.

    Marquez Bell is a three-star receiver from Florida who is already getting early attention from schools like Auburn, Texas A&M, Penn State, and others. He made it to Knoxville and had his family with him.

    One of the few 2021 prospects in attendance over the weekend, Jarris Williams is a running back from Mobile, Alabama. He’s not rated by recruiting services yet, but he could be a name to keep an eye on in the future.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    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.