Tennessee Linebacker Target Sets Commitment Date

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    Linebacker Jalen Smith is announcing his college decision on July 10, the Georgia native announced on Twitter Sunday night.

    While Smith hasn’t announced a top group of contenders, the 6-foot, 213-pound linebacker took official visits to Virginia, Tennessee and Texas earlier this month with an official visit to Pittsburgh scheduled for next weekend.

    Smith has taken a number of unofficial visits this spring including Miami, Duke, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.

    The east Atlanta native has been on a pair of visits to Knoxville since Josh Heupel and his staff offered him in January.

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    The Loganville, Georgia native ranks as a high three-star and the No. 437 player in the class of 2023 according to 247sports composite rankings. Smith ranks as the No. 39 linebacker in the nation and the No. 43 player in the state of Georgia.

    Smith plays his high school football at Atlanta powerhouse Grayson High School. The Rams produce an abundance of collegiate talent including former Tennessee offensive tackle Wanya Morris.

    Smith dominated for the Rams in 2021, recording 173 tackles and 10 sacks in 14 games at the highest classification of Georgia high school football, according to 247sports.

    Tennessee’s fringe top 10 2023 recruiting class holds a number of defensive commits but no linebackers. While recent commit Will Stallings Jr. projects as a running back at the collegiate level, he also stars at linebacker at Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School.

    Heupel’s second full recruiting class in Knoxville currently holds 10 commits and has a strong chance to be a top 10 recruiting class. Tennessee’s last top 10 recruiting class was in 2020 when Jeremy Pruitt landed the nation’s 10th 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.


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