Four-Star Offensive Lineman Announces Commitment Date

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    Four-star offensive lineman Lucas Simmons is announcing his college commitment on July 11, the Florida native announced on Twitter Wednesday.

    Simmons is announcing his decision at 1 p.m. ET on CBS Sports HQ and is deciding between Florida, Florida State, Southern Cal and Tennessee.

    Simmons ranks as the No. 107 player and No. 13 offensive tackle in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    The 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackles decision comes a week after Francis Mauigoa — the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle — committed to Miami over Tennessee and others. The Vols are looking to complete their offensive line class that currently holds two commits.

    Four-star Georgia offensive lineman Sham Umarov is committing on Friday and is between Georgia, LSU, Michigan State and Tennessee.

    Adding one — or both — of the blue-chip offensive linemen would effectively console Josh Heupel and his staff for missing out on Mauigoa.

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    Simmons is originally from Finland before moving to Clearwater, Florida to play his prep football.

    The blue-chip lineman visited Tennessee twice this spring including a May official visit for the Vols’ “RockyTopPalooza” weekend. Simmons has been busy taking visits in 2022, seeing USC twice, Florida State three times and Florida four times.

    Simmons took official visits to all four of his finalists in May and June with Florida State earning his final visit.

    Tennessee’s 2023 recruiting class currently sits right outside the top 10 in the 247sports team rankings.

    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.