Vols Offer JUCO Cornerback in 2020 Class

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    Tennessee is pretty set at cornerback heading into the 2019 season. Sophomores Alontae Taylor and Bryce Thompson appear to be the cornerstones of the group, and there’s some intriguing younger players behind them and a veteran in Baylen Buchanan. But Buchanan graduates after this season, and both Taylor and Thompson will be juniors in 2020 and could declare for the NFL Draft after that season. The Vols will need some immediate help at nickel corner and at the outside corner spots in the near future, and they’re looking for some plug-and-play options there.

    In their pursuit of some help at corner, the Vols sent out an offer to Marco Domio, a junior college cornerback who plays for Blinn College over in Texas.

    Domio isn’t rated by recruiting services just yet, but his offer list should tell you all you need to know. He currently holds offers from over a dozen programs, and those offers include schools like Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, and many others.

    The 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete played for Heights High School in Houston, Texas and intercepted two passes and totaled 24 tackles in six recorded games. He didn’t have a ton of interest from Power Five schools coming out of high school, and he ended up going to Blinn College and played there last season.

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    Domio is teammates with another Blinn College prospect who Tennessee has offered in the 2020 class. The Vols have also extended an offer to Danny Gray at Blinn. At the time, UT’s offer to Gray left him “amazed,” and it’ll be interesting to see if Tennessee pursues both and tries to land the pair of JUCO teammates.

    As for Domio himself, he possesses nice speed and good instincts as a coverage corner. With his size and ball skills, though, he might actually translate better to safety at college. But he’s plenty capable of playing as a nickel corner or outside cornerback as well, and he plays physically and is a hard hitter. He’ll need to clean up a few things technically, but he has enough talent to play immediately wherever he goes.

    Last season for Blinn College, Domio totaled 21 tackles, a tackle for loss, an interception he returned for a touchdown, and three pass breakups according to the school’s website.

    The Vols already have a commitment from one JUCO player in four-star defensive end Jordan Davis. Right now, he’s rated as the No. 1 overall JUCO prospect in the 2020 class according to 247Sports. Tennessee has also extended offers to several other JUCO prospects, including the aforementioned Gray. Some other JUCO players UT has offered are cornerback Art Green, receiver Malik Heath, offensive tackle Antwan Reed, athlete Kundarrius Taylor, and defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey.



    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.