Tennessee makes top five for four-star offensive tackle target

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    (Photo courtesy of Rod Orr’s HUDL)

    Jeremy Pruitt’s connections to north Alabama continue to pay off in a big way.

    Offensive tackle target Rod Orr included Tennessee in his list of top five schools on Tuesday. The Vols were joined by Oregon, Florida State, Missouri and Ole Miss on the 6-foot-7, 275-pounder’s list of favorites.

    Orr, who hails from Gadsden City High School in Gadsden, Alabama is ranked as a four-star prospect by 247Sports. The publication considers Orr the No. 202 overall prospect in the country, and the 22nd-best offensive tackle. Orr is viewed as the ninth-best prospect in the state of Alabama.

    Tennessee offered Orr earlier this year on April 23. The Vols were Orr’s fifth SEC offer at the time. He now possesses offers from six (Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss) SEC schools and nearly 30 schools in total.

    Orr visited Tennessee for the first time on Oct. 5 for its home game against Georgia. He’s been hoping to make the trip back up to Knoxville once the ongoing dead period for recruiting concludes.

    Tennessee’s three-star wide receiver commit Roc Taylor is a cousin of Orr’s. Taylor plays high school ball at Oxford High School in Oxford, Alabama. The Vols offered Orr 13 days after Taylor committed on April 10.

    The Vols currently have one offensive tackle committed in three-star Colby Smith out of Rockingham County High School in Reidsville, North Carolina. Tennessee did not sign any tackles during last year’s recruiting cycle, but did sign three offensive linemen. Cooper Mays, Javontez Spraggins and James Robinson are all expected to play on the interior.

    Tennessee’s recruiting class currently ranks No. 5 nationally in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

    Ben McKee
    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He grew up an Army brat and lived in Alabama for a bit, but he bleeds orange. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also a co-host on the RTI Live Show and RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.