Vols Among Top Teams for No. 1 Recruit in Georgia

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    (Photo via @amarius_mims on Twitter)

    The top-rated prospect in the state of Georgia in the 2021 class — and one of the Vols’ top remaining targets — trimmed down his list of potential suitors in his recruitment on Wednesday. Tennessee was one of the lucky programs to make the cut.

    Amarius Mims, a five-star offensive tackle out of Georgia, released a graphic on his Twitter account showing his top schools on Wednesday afternoon, and Tennessee made the list along with Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, and Oklahoma.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Mims is the No. 6 overall prospect, No. 2 offensive tackle, and No. 1 recruit in the state of Georgia. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound tackle plays for Bleckley County in Cochran, Georgia.

    Mims announced earlier this month that he will be making his commitment known to the public on August 15th, a month from now.

    Tennessee was one of the first SEC schools to extend an offer to Mims, giving him a scholarship offer on January 31, 2019. The Vols made Mims’ list of 10 finalists back on April 1st, joining Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Clemson, Oklahoma, Oregon, Auburn, Florida, and Florida State at the time.

    Now, the Vols have survived another round of cuts for the elite offensive lineman.

    Both Alabama and Georgia seem to be the favorites in the race to land Mims’ commitment, but the Vols have been a consistent competitor for the top prospect in the state of Georgia. Tennessee offensive line coach Will Friend is Mims’ primary recruiter.

    When you turn on Mims’ film, it’s easy to see why he’s so highly-coveted. He’s an aggressive mauler with an imposing frame. He can move well and blows up defenders with ease. He’s especially dominant when run blocking, but he’s not a slouch as a pass blocker, either. Mims has long arms and elite size and length.

    Right now, Tennessee has 23 commitments in their 2021 class, a class that ranks fourth nationally and No. 1 in the SEC. But the Vols have a need for offensive linemen as they look to fill out the class, as UT only has one offensive lineman committed to them currently. Three-star North Carolina offensive tackle Colby Smith is the Vols’ lone OL commit.