5-Star Vol Target Changes Commitment Date, Keeps Vols in Race

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    Originally, five-star offensive tackle Amarius Mims planned on making his commitment public on his birthday on October 14th. He then changed his timeline and moved that decision up a couple months, announcing he would commit on August 15th.

    Now, Mims has changed his timeline once again.

    In an interview with Chad Simmons of Rivals.com, Mims confirmed that he will now announce a commitment on his original October 14th date. He told Simmons that he requires “more time” to make his decision and did not feel he’d be ready to make that choice here in just a couple weeks.

    “I have decided to push my commitment date back to October 14th,” Mims stated.

    Earlier this month, Mims tweeted out a graphic revealing his top six schools in his recruitment, and the Vols were included along with Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, and Oklahoma. But according to Simmons, the No. 1 recruit in the state of Georgia has now taken Oklahoma out of consideration, leaving just five teams vying for his signature.

    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.

    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. Then, UT made Mims’ final six schools a few weeks ago.

    Now, the Vols have survived another cut for the elite offensive lineman and are in his final five.

    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 fifth nationally and No. 2 in the SEC. 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.