Tennessee Soars to Top Five Ranking Following Massive Recruiting Day

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    The latest polls are in. After securing two massive commitments on Sunday, Josh Heupel and Tennessee’s class of 2023 is now sitting with a top five ranking according to two recruiting publications. While there’s still a lot to be done before National Signing Day, it is a great checkpoint to reach during the summer stages of the recruiting timeline.

    According to 247 Sports’ team rankings, Tennessee is now sitting as the No. 1 team in the SEC and the No. 5 team overall in the nation.

    In addition, Rivals’ recruiting rankings list Tennessee as the No. 1 team in the SEC and the No. 5 overall team in the nation.

    And lastly, according to On3 Sports, Tennessee has the No. 8 ranking nationally and the No. 3 ranking among SEC competitors.

    At the beginning of the day on Sunday, Tennessee was closing in on a consensus top 10 ranking across the three major recruiting publications. Now, at the end of the day on Sunday, Tennessee has the consensus Top 10 ranking and is now closing in on a consensus top-five ranking.

    Tennessee Recruiting: Tennessee Makes Top Seven For Five-Star Athlete

    The Vols landed commitments from two talented players on Sunday. The first commit to Tennessee came from 247 Sports composite five-star EDGE Chandavian Bradley. The Missouri native is wildly looked at as a Top 40 overall player in his class and a top 10 player at his position. Bradley was a big needle mover for Tennessee on Sunday as he is now rated as the second-highest commit in Tennessee’s 2023 class.

    Following Bradley’s commitment to Tennessee, the Vols also hauled in a commitment from three-star Georgia linebacker Jalen Smith.

    Bradley and Smith account for Tennessee’s eighth and ninth commitments since June 25. The Vols have been on a tear this summer. Tennessee’s nine commitments over that time are DB John Slaughter, LB Jeremiah Telander, DL Tyree Weathersby, CB Cristian Conyer, EDGE Jonathan Echols (2024), WR Cam Seldon, OL Sham Umarov, LB Jalen Smith, and EDGE Chandavian Bradley.

    Prior to Tennessee’s two commitments on Sunday, Tennessee was sitting at No. 7/No. 2 SEC on 247 Sports, No. 8/No. 2 SEC on Rivals, and No. 12/No. 4 SEC on On3 Sports.

    Tennessee now has 18 total commitments in the class of 2023 and one commitment to the class of 2024:

    Tennessee 2023 Recruiting Class (as of July 10, 6:00 p.m. ET):

    QB Nico Iamaleava

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

    EDGE Chandavian Bradley

    • Five-star (247 Composite)/Four-star
    • Platte City, Missouri
    • 6-foot-5, 220-pounds
    • Committed 7/10/22

    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

    LB Jalen Smith

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot, 213-pounds
    • Loganville, Georgia
    • Committed 7/10/22

    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

    Tennessee 2024 Recruiting Class

    EDGE Jonathan Echols

    • Five-star (247 Composite)/Four-star
    • 6-foot-4, 230-pounds
    • Bradenton, Florida (IMG Academy)
    • Committed 7/4/22
    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.