Recapping a Busy Week of Tennessee Football Recruiting

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    Tennessee football’s 2022 recruiting class had just six commits entering July, but the Vols’ class is starting to gain some clarity with the addition of three commits in the last week.

    Defensive lineman Jordan Phillips would start off the commitment barrage on July 1.

    The Ocoee, Florida native chose Tennessee over a final group that included Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Maryland. Phillips ranks as the 640th best player and 96th best defensive lineman in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    The 6-foot-2, 300 pound defensive lineman is a three sport athlete at Ocoee High School, excelling in wrestling and weight lifting on top of football. 

    Phillips joins Venson Sneed as the only other defensive line commit in Tennessee’s 2022 recruiting class. Where Sneed specializes in rushing the passer off the edge, Phillips primarily plays in the interior of the defensive line. 

    Tennessee fans wouldn’t have to wait long for the next addition to Josh Heupel’s first full signing class. Detroit offensive lineman Masai Reddick committed just a day later on July 2.

    Reddick chose Tennessee after taking a pair of visits to Knoxville in June, gaining a belief in Josh Heupel and his staff.

    “What stood out to me was that the coaching staff was all about the grind,” Reddick told Rocky Top Insider. “And working together as a family to be what coach Heupel would call ‘1-0’ every day.”

    The 6-foot-4, 330 pound lineman ranks as 847th prospect in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. 

    Reddick became Tennessee’s second offensive line commit, joining Florida native Brian Grant. 

    Tennessee added its highest rated recruit of the stretch on Thursday when Marquaris “Squirrel” White committed to UT. 

    The 5-foot-10 speedy receiver chose Tennessee over Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Louisville and nearly 20 power five offers.

    The Pinson, Alabama native ranks as the nation’s 522nd best player and the No. 21 player in the state of Alabama according to the 247sports composite ranking.

    Looking ahead, while White is Tennessee’s first receiver commit, the Vols seemed well positioned for a pair of blue chip, instate receivers in Isaiah Horton and Cameron Miller.

    Heupel and Rodney Garner also have Tennessee in top five recruit Walter Nolen’s top five after not making his top eight earlier this season.

    Questions still remain about what Tennessee’s 2022 signing class will look like, but the past weeks have provided clarity.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.