Recapping An Eventful Weekend For Tennessee Recruiting

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    With the regular season over, Tennessee’s coaches were on the road last week as the Vols look to close their 2022 class strong.

    The coaches were back in Knoxville for the weekend as the Vols hosted official visitors on the second to last weekend before the early signing period.

    Here’s a recap of all the action.


    Jourdan Thomas

    Thomas committed to Tennessee on Saturday night during his visit. The Alabama safety was previously committed to Mississippi State but decommitted last week ahead of his visit to Knoxville.

    Thomas is a three-star and the nation’s No. 794 prospect according to the 247sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-2, 190 pound safety led Montgomery Central to the Alabama 3A State Championship game.

    Desmond “Dee” Williams

    Tennessee snagged its second commitment from weekend official visitors on Monday when junior college corner Desmond Williams committed to Tennessee.

    Williams was a Second Team All-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College selection at East Central Community College and is originally from Forsyth, Georgia. The cornerback is unrated on 247sports composite rankings.

    The commitment of Thomas and Williams gives Tennessee three defensive back commits and 17 total commits in the 2022 class.

    Other Official Visitors

    Elijah Herring, Tennessee commit

    Tennessee locked up Herring’s commitment in April and the mid state edge rusher hasn’t visited anywhere else sense.

    The Riverdale High School standout ranks as the nation’s No. 666 player and the state of Tennessee’s 21st best player.

    Darren Agu, Vanderbilt commit

    The Vols are trying to flip Agu from their instate rival Vanderbilt. Agu has been committed to the Commodores in July before visiting Tennessee for the first time during the Pitt game.

    The edge rusher is a three-star and ranks as the nation’s 494th best player and the state of Georgia’s 49th best player.

    Jeffrey M’ba

    The nation’s top junior college prospect made his first visit to Tennessee this weekend. Vols’ defensive line coach Rodney Garner is trying to get in the thick of the skilled defensive tackle’s recruitment.

    The France native left Knoxville and headed to Missouri for an official visit with Eliah Drinkwitz’ Tigers. M’ba released a top five of Tennessee, Auburn, Missouri, Miami and Oregon earlier this fall.

    Walter Nolen, Texas A&M Commit

    Tennessee got the local standout on campus a day after Nolen helped secure the 5A State Championship for Powell High School.

    Nolen is the nation’s No. 2 player and his official visit to Tennessee was his third trip to UT’s campus this fall. The Vols are trying to pull the upset and flip the defensive tackle from SEC foe Texas A&M.

    Chandler Smith, Florida commit

    The Orlando, Florida native is a four star that ranks as the nations’ No. 222 player and No. 32 receiver according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    Throughout the instability at Florida in the last month, Smith has remained committed to the Gators and plans to officially visit Gainesville this weekend.

    Kaleb Webb

    Webb is a former East Carolina commit who has seen his stock skyrocket in the fall of his senior year. The Powder Springs, Georgia receiver ranks as a three-star on the 247sports composite rankings but as a four star by 247sports’ own rankings.

    The nation’s No. 444 player cut his list of finalists to three on Tuesday morning, according to On3sports.

    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.