Tennessee Football Approaching Massive Recruiting Stretch

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    With the calendar set to turn from June to July, Tennessee football is approaching a massive recruiting stretch in its 2023 cycle.

    A five-star, two four-star and two three-star Tennessee targets are making their college commitments in the first 10 days of July.

    The Vols enter the month with 12 commits and the No. 13 recruiting class according to 247sports and the No. 11 recruiting class according to On3.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the five decisions coming in the first week-and-a-half of July.

    Jeremiah Cobb — July 1

    The busy month begins on Friday as running back Jeremiah Cobb will choose between Auburn, Clemson and Tennessee.

    Cobb ranks as a four-star and the No. 207 player in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    The Montgomery, Alabama native is making his decision coming off his weekend official visit to Tennessee. However, the home state Tigers could be hard to beat and all five 247sports crystal ball projections for Cobb have him staying close to home at Auburn.

    Cristian Conyer — July 3

    The Bowling Green, Kentucky native’s recruitment has been a long battle between Tennessee and Kentucky.

    The defensive back ranks as the No. 553 player and No. 44 athlete in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    Conyer is the No. 4 player in the country and is coming off back-to-back official visits to Kentucky and Tennessee. The two 247sports crystal ball projects for Conyer are split, with one pitting the three-star for Tennessee and the other for the home state Wildcats.

    Francis Mauigoa — July 4

    The five-star recruit is making his decision after making official visits to Florida, Alabama, Southern Cal, Miami and Tennessee in the month of June.

    Mauigoa ranks as the No. 9 player and No. 1 offensive tackle in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. A commitment to Tennessee would make the America Samoa native the second highest rated commit in the Vols’ 2023 recruiting class.

    The IMG Academy standout’s last official visit was to Tennessee— his second visit to Knoxville in the last six weeks. There are no crystal ball predictions for Mauigoa as of the time of publication.

    Malik Benson — July 5

    The top junior college player in the country will decide between LSU, Oregon, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama after officially visiting all five schools in the last six weeks.

    Benson is a four-star receiver who earned JUCO All-American honors at Hutchinson Community College last season.

    There are no crystal ball predictions for Benson as as of the time of publication.

    Jalen Smith — July 10

    The Georgia linebacker wraps up a busy stretch for Tennessee recruiting and is deciding between the Vols, Virginia, Texas and Pittsburgh.

    The tackling machine ranks as a three-star and the No. 437 player in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    Coming from Atlanta football power Grayson High School, Smith is projected to go to Tennessee in both 247sports crystal balls.

    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.