BREAKING: Four-Star Offensive Lineman Sham Umarov Commits to Tennessee

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    Tennessee officially received its 16th commitment to the 2023 class on Friday in the form of offensive lineman Sham Umarov. The Vols now have two commitments in the last two days.

    Umarov, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle, committed to Tennessee over Georgia, LSU, and Michigan State. The class of 2023 prospect made his announcement through a post on social media.

    “GO… VOLS!!!” Umarov wrote. “@Vol_Football #GoVols #GBO”

    The Alpharetta, Georgia native is currently ranked as a four-star prospect according to 247 Sports and ESPN’s recruiting services. Umarov lists as a three-star prospect according to On3 Sports and Rivals. According to On3’s consensus rankings, Umarov lists just outside of the Top 300 overall at No. 307, the No. 25 offensive tackle in the class, and the No. 33 player from the state of Georgia. Umarov lists as Tennessee’s sixth-highest recruit in the class so far according to 247.

    “Prototypical left tackle that possesses high developmental upside when projecting to the next level,” 247 National Recruiting Analyst Cooper Petagna wrote in a February evaluation. “Will need one to two years to develop in a collegiate strength and conditioning program but has a chance to develop into a high-level multi-year starter at a Power Five program. Could potentially exceed projection with his high athletic ceiling.”

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    Despite listing his top four in May, Umarov collected a total of 31 scholarship offers while playing for Denmark High School.

    Shamurad Umarov used all four weekends in June to take official visits to each of his top four schools. Umarov began with Michigan State on June 3, which was followed by an official visit to Georgia on June 10. The four-star prospect then took an official visit to LSU on June 17 before ending the month in Knoxville during a massive Tennessee recruiting weekend on June 24.

    Umarov posted a series of photos and a video to Twitter following his trip to Knoxville.

    Five-star quarterback and Tennessee commit Nico Iamaleava was one of the prospects that were also in town for that last weekend in June.

    Tennessee received a commitment from four-star Virginia wide receiver Cameron Seldon on Thursday. The dynamic receiver is one of the top athletes in the country and is projected as a game-changer in multiple different offensive aspects for the Vols. With the commitment from Sham Umarov on Friday, Tennessee has hauled in two massive targets before the weekend really even gets going.

    This is now the third straight week/weekend that Tennessee has had two class of 2023 commitments.

    Tennessee locked in commitments from safety John Slaughter and linebacker Jeremiah Telander the last weekend of June. Then, during the first week of July, Tennessee hauled in commitments from defensive lineman Tyree Weathersby and cornerback Cristian Conyer. And now, after four solid defensive commitments, Tennessee has landed two taleneted offensive players leading into the second weekend of July.

    Not to mention, Tennessee also hauled in four-star EDGE rusher Jonathan Echols to the class of 2024 last week as well.

    While the Vols have missed out on a few high-level recruits here and there, Tennessee has still been building a contending class. Prior to Umarov’s commitment on Friday, Tennessee was already a near-consensus Top 10 team in the 2023 recruiting rankings.

    Boasting a solid ranking himself, Sham Umarov’s commitment is only going to continue pushing Tennessee up the charts.

    Tennessee’s full 2023 recruiting class, so far, is as follows:

    Tennessee 2023 Recruiting Class (as of July 8, 3:00 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

    ATH/WR Cameron Seldon

    • Four-star
    • 6-foot-1, 220-pounds
    • Northumberland, Virginia
    • Committed 7/7/22

    Safety Sylvester Smith

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

    OT Shamurad (Sham) Umarov

    • Four-star
    • 6-foot-6, 270-pounds
    • Alpharetta, Georgia
    • Committed 7/8/22

    OT/ATH 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

    DL Tyree Weathersby

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-4, 251-pounds
    • Douglasville, Georgia
    • Committed 7/1/22

    CB Cristian Conyer

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-1.5, 170-pounds
    • Bowling Green, Kentucky
    • Committed 7/3/22

    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

    ILB Jeremiah Telander

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

    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.