A talented safety prospect in the class of 2023 has received more standout projections to Tennessee on Thursday.
On Mar. 30, On3 Sports’ National Recruiting Director Chad Simmons locked in his prediction for four-star safety Sylvester Smith to land at Tennessee. On Thursday morning, though, Smith received two more key projections.
GoVols247 insider Ryan Callahan and 247 Recruiting Director Steve Wiltfong both submitted projections for Smith to land at Tennessee on Thursday morning.
Additionally, On3 Sports’ Recruiting Prediction Machine now has Tennessee leading the way at 98.4 percent, followed by Alabama at less than one percent. Tennessee’s chances have raised about 4.5 percent in the last week.
According to Rivals’ recruiting rankings, Smith is listed as the third-ranked safety in the class and a Top 60 player in the country.
Smith is a very talented prospect who stands at 5-foot-11 and weighs in at 195-pounds. After making noise on the high school circuit, Smith has collected 30 scholarship offers, including from schools like Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State, and Tennessee.
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Smith is reportedly slated to announce his collegiate decision on April 25.
Out of the five players that Tennessee currently has committed to its 2023 class, the Vols only have one safety at the moment – three-star Jack Luttrell from Moultrie, Georgia. With a considerable amount of offensive firepower in the class already, getting another strong piece to the defensive side of the ball would be very beneficial for Tennessee heading into the summer.
According to 247 Sports, Tennessee’s 2023 class is ranked No. 12 in the national rankings and No. 3 in the SEC rankings.
As things stand currently at Tennessee’s spring camp, defensive depth is something that is noticeably underwhelming. Vols’ defensive backs coach Willie Martinez talked about that earlier in the week, too. That’s why building up the defensive side of the ball will be so important during this recruiting cycle. If Tennessee can bring in some strong defensive backs and linebackers in this class, the future is set up to be brighter down the road.
After receiving two new marquee predictions to Tennessee on Thursday, it looks as though four-star safety Sylvester Smith could wind up a Tennessee Volunteer by the end of the month.