Vols Land Commitment from 2020 Offensive Lineman

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    (Photo via @j_spraggins76 on Twitter)

    On the same day he picked up an offer from Tennessee, Javontez Spraggins decided to commit to the Vols.

    Spraggins is a huge offensive lineman who plays for East St. Louis in Illinois, and he announced his commitment to Tennessee on Twitter on Friday afternoon. “I can’t believe I’m in this position,” Spraggins added in a note on his tweet. “Just 2 weeks ago I had 1 offer and decided to make a change…so I did and it paid off and now I’m glad to say that I’m 746% committed to…The University of Tennessee.”

    According to 247Sports, Spraggins is the No. 883 overall prospect and No. 53 offensive guard in the 2020 recruiting class. The 6-foot-3, 335-pound lineman was attending a camp on UT’s campus when he got the offer from the Vols, and he committed then and there.

    Spraggins has started to blow up on the recruiting scene thanks to his performances at camps. The large offensive lineman was named the “Alpha Dog” of the Lindenwood Camp by Allen Trieu of 247Sports, and it was there that he received over 10 new scholarship offers.

    “Javontez Spraggins is a rough and tumble blocker who excelled in this padded setting,” Trieu wrote of Spraggins. “He is strong and mean, but also flexible and can bend and pass protect.”

    While at the camp, Spraggins picked up offers from Missouri, Illinois, Iowa State, Wyoming, and many other schools. Before that camp, Spraggins’ only offer was from Indiana State.

    Looking at Spraggins’ film, it’s clear there’s a ton of potential just waiting to be untapped. Spraggins is a big and bruising offensive lineman who plays with an absolute fiery edge. He’s a mauler along the interior and paves the way for running backs on multiple occasions. Spraggins is a capable pass blocker as well, but it’s clear he excels most in run blocking. He’s still a bit raw from a technique perspective, but he’s far from lacking in that area.

    Last year, Tennessee got commitments from several players who they identified at camps. Four-star outside linebacker Roman Harrison was an unheralded defensive end prospect before he committed to the Vols after a camp, then he blew up to a four-star and top-200 overall player by the time he signed. In-state defensive tackle Elijah Simmons and in-state offensive guard Melvin McBride are two more examples of the Vols finding prospects this way.

    Spraggins gives Tennessee their first offensive line commit in their 2020 class. The Vols now have seven public commitments in their 2020 class.



    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.