Tennessee made the cut for four-star defensive end Ken Talley when he announced his top 13 on Aug. 2. The Vols were joined by Texas A&M, Michigan, Kentucky, Nebraska, West Virginia, Maryland, Arizona State, Ole Miss and Rutgers.
In addition to announcing his top 13, Talley also announced that he would be making his decision on his grandmother’s birthday, Sept. 8.
Two weeks later, the Philadelphia native has cut his list nearly in half. Talley announced on Saturday evening a final seven of Tennessee, Penn State, Texas A&M, Michigan, West Virginia, Arizona State and Rutgers. Talley was in a West Virginia jersey in the edit he posted to announce his final seven schools.
Then there was 7? #weare #Gbo #Goblue #ForksUp #takemehome #thebirthplace pic.twitter.com/CBzCnkqsHR
— KEN “??? ?????“ TALLEY (@KenTalley22) August 15, 2020
Talley is considered a four-star by both 247Sports’ rankings, and the 247Sports composite rankings. 247’s personal rankings list Talley as the No. 235 overall player in the country, while the composite ranks him No. 164 overall. The composite ranks him as the 11th-best weakside defensive end and the No. 8 overall player in the state of Pennsylvania.
Tennessee offered Talley on Jan. 30. He currently has over 20 scholarship offers, five of which are from SEC programs. Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Texas A&M have offered the Northeast High School product in addition to the Vols.
Talley visited Knoxville on March 7 with several Philadelphia-area prospects for one of Tennessee’s junior days before COVID-19 shutdown on-campus recruiting.
All three of the crystal ball predictions on 247 are in Penn State’s favor.