Tennessee is hoping to land some elite offensive linemen in the 2021 recruiting cycle, and they remain in play for one of the top offensive tackles in the class right now.
Amarius Mims, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound lineman who plays for Bleckley County High School in Cochran, Georgia, tweeted out on Thursday afternoon that he plans on making his commitment public on October 14th later this year. The graphic he released also showed a group of 14 schools, and Tennessee was one of them. The Vols are joined by Clemson, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Florida State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, USC, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Oregon.
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Tennessee made Mims’ initial top 12 back in February, but he’s since added a couple more teams to his list of suitors.
Mims is rated as the No. 8 overall prospect, No. 2 offensive tackle, and No. 1 recruit in the state of Georgia in the 2021 class per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
For a while, Mims was thought to be a strong Georgia lean because of his relationship with then-UGA offensive line coach Sam Pittman. But with Pittman leaving Georgia to become the head coach at Arkansas, Mims’ recruitment has taken a curve, and the Vols are trying their best to get heavily involved with him. The Vols offered Mims in January of 2019, and offensive line coach Will Friend has been Mims’ primary recruiter.
The gargantuan offensive lineman took an unofficial visit to Tennessee’s campus back on January 20th, and he visited Alabama, Auburn (twice), and Florida after that. Mims originally had some official visits planned in April, but with recruiting visits being shut down due to the coronavirus, he’ll have to reschedule those.
Mims has been invited to the Under Armour All-American Game and the Polynesian Bowl both.
Tennessee doesn’t currently have any offensive linemen committed to them in the 2021 cycle, but the Vols are looking to add an offensive tackle or two if possible. Mims is at the top of their list, and UT is targeting others such as five-star Nolan Rucci, four-star in-state tackle and UNC commit Eli Sutton, and three-star in-state tackle William Griffin among others.
The Vols currently have seven prospects committed to them in their 2021 class, and the class is headlined by four-star receiver Jordan Mosley out of Alabama.