BREAKING: Tennessee Lands Inside Linebacker to 2023 Class

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    Tennessee has officially landed its 12th player in the class of 2023 and second of the weekend as Jeremiah Telander has locked in his commitment to the Vols. Tennessee beat out Louisville, Florida, and North Carolina for the three-star inside linebacker.

    Telander’s announcement came in the form of a post on social media on Sunday afternoon.

    All glory to god for all my opportunities, thank you to my family and all the coaches that have helped me through this process,” Telander said in his post while tagging Tennessee coaches. “I am committed to The University of Tennessee.”

    Telander, a native of Gainesville, Georgia, is a three-star inside linebacker according to On3, 247 Sports, and Rivals. In addition, 247 Sports’ composite rankings have Telander as the 74th-rated linebacker prospect in the class and the 89th overall player from the state of Georgia.

    The 6-foot-2, 217-pound linebacker transferred from North Hall High School to Gainesville High School earlier this year ahead of his senior season. At North Hall, Telander earned back-to-back 7-AAA Defensive Player of the Year honors during his freshman and sophomore years and was a standout in the 200-meter dash.

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    Telander committed to Tennessee on Sunday after projecting to land in Knoxville for just about two weeks now. 247 Sports Tennessee insider Ryan Callahan submitted his prediction for Telander and the Vols on June 13, which was followed by 247 Director of Football Recruiting Steve Wiltfong doing the same on Sunday morning.

    Jeremiah Telander was in Knoxville this weekend to participate in the loaded recruiting weekend that Tennessee was holding. In addition to Telander, Tennessee also hosted several highly touted targets including five-star quarterback commit Nico Iamaleava and five-star offensive lineman target Francis Mauigoa, to name a few.

    After a packed weekend for his official visit to Tennessee, Telander was ready to commit on Sunday.

    Despite his recruiting rankings and listing potentially seeming low, Telander has been a target of a few high-profile SEC teams. Telander has 15 total offers including Florida, Mississippi State, Auburn, Missouri, and Vanderbilt.

    Jeremiah Telander is Tennessee’s second commitment this weekend. On Saturday, longtime Tennessee target and three-star safety from Southaven, Mississippi, John Slaughter III, announced that he would be taking his talents to Knoxville.

    Tennessee 2023 Recruiting Class (as of June 26, 4:00 p.m. ET):

    QB Nico Iamaleava

    • Five-star
    • Long Beach, California
    • 6-foot-5, 195-pounds
    • Committed 3/21/22

    EDGE Caleb Herring

    • Four-star
    • Murfreesboro, Tennessee
    • 6-foot-5, 210-pounds
    • Committed 4/19/22

    TE Ethan Davis

    • Four-star
    • 6-foot-5, 215-pounds
    • Suwanee, Georgia
    • Committed 12/12/21

    Safety Sylvester Smith

    • Four-star
    • 5-foot-11, 192-pounds
    • Munford, Alabama
    • Committed 4/26/22

    OT Trevor Duncan

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-5, 275-pounds
    • Knoxville, Tennessee
    • Committed 4/15/22

    DL Nathan Robinson

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-5, 243-pounds
    • Greenbrier, Tennessee
    • Committed 4/11/22

    ILB Jeremiah Telander

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-4, 217-pounds
    • Gainesville, Georgia
    • Committed 6/26/22

    IOL Ayden Bussell

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-4, 291-pounds
    • Mount Juliet, Tennessee
    • Committed 1/31/22

    Safety John Salughter

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-1.5, 194-pounds
    • Southaven, Mississippi
    • Committed 6/25/22

    Safety Jack Luttrell

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot, 177-pounds
    • Moultrie, Georgia
    • Committed 7/31/21

    WR Nate Spillman

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-1, 180-pounds
    • Franklin, Tennessee
    • Committed 3/6/22

    RB Will Stallings Jr

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot, 211-pounds
    • Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Committed 6/19/22
    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.