Tennessee Lands Instate Defensive Lineman

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    Defensive lineman Nathan Robinson announced his commitment to Tennessee Monday following a weekend visit to Knoxville.

    Tennessee has actively pursued Robinson since Josh Heupel and his staff got to Knoxville. The Vols hosted the defensive lineman for two visits last summer after the NCAA lifted its ban on on-campus visits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Robinson was back on Tennessee’s campus for the Georgia game in November and has been a frequent visitor in Knoxville since the New Year. The defensive lineman’s visit this weekend was his third to Tennessee this year.

    The Greenbrier, Tennessee native ranks as a three-star recruit and the nation’s 439th best player and 52nd best defensive lineman according to the On3 consensus rankings.

    According to 247sports, Robinson recorded 89 tackles, 23 sacks and six forced fumbles in his junior season at Greenbrier High School.

    Tennessee beat out SEC foes Ole Miss and Kentucky for Robinson’s services. Robinson included the three schools in his top three in February and visited Oxford and Lexington both last fall and earlier this year.

    A year after landing just one of the top 20 players in the state of Tennessee according to On3, Robinson’s commitment gives the Vols’ a pair of the top 20 players in the state. Robinson — who is the state’s No. 14 player — is currently Tennessee’s highest rated instate recruit.

    The Vols are after a handful of other top instate recruits including Caleb Herring — brother of UT freshman Elijah Herring, Brycen Sanders and Powell receiver Adarius Redmond.

    Robinson becomes Tennessee’s fifth commit in the class of 2023 and gives the Vols the nation’s 13th best and SEC’s fourth best recruiting class.

    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.