High Priority Vol DL Target Announces Commitment Date

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    Tennessee has landed several of their top targets in the 2021 recruiting class over the last week and a half. Two five-star prospects and a handful of four-stars have pledged their commitments to UT in the last 10 days, and the Vols have several more targets ready to announce this upcoming weekend.

    Four-star dual-threat quarterback Kaidon Salter out of Texas will be making his college decision on Sunday, May 10th on Mother’s Day. Four-star outside linebacker Aaron Willis from Maryland will also be announcing on Sunday, and Tennessee is the favorite for both prospects.

    On Saturday, another of Tennessee’s targets will be announcing, and he’s a teammate of Willis at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore.

    Four-star defensive tackle Katron Evans announced on Wednesday that he’ll make his college destination known on Saturday at 5:00 PM Eastern. Evans has not specified where the announcement will be made, but it will likely be on his Twitter account.

    The 6-foot-4, 320-pound lineman is rated as the No. 179 overall prospect, No. 9 defensive tackle, and No. 8 recruit in the state of Maryland per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Both he and Willis play at the same school current Vol defensive lineman and former four-star 2020 prospect Dominic Bailey attended, meaning the trio were teammates during the 2019 season.

    A month ago, Evans included Tennessee among his list of top eight schools along with Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, USC, TCU, and Arizona State.

    Evans, just like with Salter and Willis, is trending towards the Vols. Seven crystal ball predictions have been logged for Evans on 247Sports over the last few days, and all of them are in favor of Tennessee.

    The Vols were one of the first programs to offer Evans, extending an offer to him back in March of 2018. He’s visited Knoxville multiple times, most recently attending campus on June 15th of last year.

    Evans is the ideal size to play defensive line in the SEC, and he’s great at the point of attack. He has long arms and is very disruptive. Evans is capable of absorbing multiple offensive linemen and looks like he can be an effective nose guard in college.

    The state of Maryland has been a huge focus for the Vols in the 2021 class. Along with Evans and Willis at St. Frances, Tennessee is also targeting four-star wide receiver Dont’e Thornton, four-star inside linebacker Greg Penn III, four-star outside linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson, and four-star defensive end and Maryland commit Demeioun Robinson among others.

    Tennessee currently has 18 prospects committed to them in the 2021 cycle. Of those 18 prospects, only one of them is a projected defensive tackle right now, and that’s three-star North Carolina DT Isaac Washington.



    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.