Vols flip in-state offensive lineman from Auburn

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    (Photo courtesy of 247Sports)

    In-state offensive lineman J’Marion Gooch has flipped his commitment from Auburn to Tennessee, the three-star prospect announced on Twitter Monday evening.

    Gooch tweeted out a commitment video with the caption, “Thank you to the Auburn Community, and coaching staff for all of the support during this process. After much thought and consideration, I have decided….” At the end of the video, he said “Go Vols” while wearing a bright orange Tennessee t-shirt.

    The 6-foot-7.5, 338-pounder plays just down the road at The King’s Academy in Seymour, Tennessee. Gooch, a Nashville native, originally committed to Auburn earlier this year on April 17.

    Gooch is ranked as the No. 790 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings for the class of 2021. 247 considers him the No. 62 overall offensive tackle in the class and the 20th-best player in the state of Tennessee. He is considered a three-star.

    Tennessee now has two offensive line commitments in the class of 2020. Gooch joins three-star offensive tackle Colby Smith out of Reidsville, North Carolina. The Vols signed three offensive lineman in last year’s recruiting cycle in Cooper Mays, Javontez Spraggins and Jerome Robinson. RJ Perry, who signed as a defensive lineman, has since flipped to the offensive line upon arriving on campus.

    Gooch is Tennessee’s 25th commitment in the class of 2021. The Vols’ class ranks No. 6 overall in the country according to the 247 Composite, and No. 3 overall in the SEC, trailing only Alabama and Georgia.

    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.