Vols are Finalists for Explosive Georgia Athlete

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    The Vols are still looking for more running back and linebacker help in their 2020 class. On Tuesday, one of their targets at both positions announced Tennessee as one of his finalists.

    D.J. Lundy, a three-star athlete who plays for Irwin County in Ocilla, Georgia, revealed the five finalists in his recruitment on Tuesday afternoon, and the Vols made the cut. Tennessee was included along with South Carolina, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Vanderbilt.

    The 6-foot, 225-pound athlete plays both running back and linebacker for Irwin County. He picked up an offer from Tennessee back in May of this year and holds a dozen scholarship offers. He’s rated as the No. 874 overall prospect, No. 55 athlete, and No. 88 prospect in the state of Georgia per the 247Sports Composite rankings.

    Lundy was voted the Offensive Player of the Year in Class A Public by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last season for Irwin County. He missed the first three weeks of the 2019 season with a knee injury, but he’s been back on the field over the last couple months and has performed well.

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    It remains to be seen what side of the ball Lundy will play in college, but he excels at both running back and linebacker in high school. It looks like he might have a higher ceiling at linebacker from watching his film, but he’s no slouch at running back, either. Lundy shows good instincts on defense and is a violent tackler. He has good pursuit and can move pretty well to the perimeter in pass defense and while chasing running backs out to the edge. He’s a little quicker than you might think given his bulk, but he moves well on defense and is fast enough on offense to get to the second level consistently. He’s also a bruising runner on offense and seems perfect for short-yardage situations.

    Lundy and the Irwin County Indians are a powerhouse in Region 2-A. They’ve won 26-straight games, and Lundy has been a big reason why both last season and this season. In Irwin County’s 49-0 win over Turner County this past week, Lundy rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. The previous week, he helped Irwin County defeat one of the top teams in their region, Wilcox County, 16-0 by scoring a touchdown.

    Knowing Tennessee’s coaching staff, Lundy is being targeted as a linebacker in the 2020 cycle. But the Vols are really wanting to add a second running back along with three-star in-state commit Tee Hodge, so it wouldn’t be a big surprise if Lundy projects there either.

    Right now, Lundy has official visits tentatively planned out to both West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

    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.