Vols make top three prior to upcoming commitment for four-star DE

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    (Photo courtesy of Ken Talley’s Twitter)

    Tennessee is in the top three for 2022 four-star weakside defensive end Ken Talley, the Philadelphia native announced on Twitter Wednesday night.

    Talley also confirmed that he would be making his decision on his grandmother’s birthday, Sept. 8. The Vols were joined by Penn State and Arizona State in his top three.

    Tennessee made the for 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 at the time.

    Two weeks later, Talley cut his list nearly in half when he announced 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.

    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 four of the crystal ball predictions on 247 are in Penn State’s favor.

    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.