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Tennessee Laying The Groundwork For Strong Instate Recruiting Class

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Josh Heupel and his staff are in the beginning stages of putting together its 2024 recruiting class with Tennessee football picking its fourth commit over the weekend.

While the Vols are just in the beginning stages of putting together their 2024 recruiting class, there’s already a strong foundation for what could be a great instate recruiting class.

Three of Tennessee’s four commits are from inside the state including the state’s top player— four-star cornerback Kaleb Beasley. Cleveland athlete Marcus Goree Jr. (No. 10) and Chattanooga defensive lineman Carson Gentle (No. 18) are also committed to Tennessee.

While Goree is a currently a high three-star recruit, the projected defensive back is expected to fly up the recruiting rankings in coming updates.

On top of Tennessee’s three commits, the Vols are deep players for Nashville linebacker Edwin Spillman (No. 2), Chattanooga athlete Boo Carter (No. 6) and Chattanooga athlete Amari Jefferson (No. 16).

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Spillman is high school teammates with Beasley and his older brother (Nate) is an incoming freshman with Tennessee football. The four-star inside linebacker has been a frequent visitor in Knoxville and Tennessee is the heavy favorite in his recruitment.

Carter has also been on Tennessee’s campus an abundance of times including for two games this fall and a January Junior Day.

Heupel’s ability to recruit the instate was a major question mark early in his Tennessee tenure, intensified by the Vols signing just one of the state’s top 22 players in the loaded 2022 recruiting class according to the 247sports composite rankings. Tennessee’s coaching staff alleviated those concerns in the 2023 class when they signed the two top players in the Volunteer State.

But the 2024 cycle has the potential to be Tennessee’s best instate class in Heupel’s tenure.

The one downside is that it’s not a strong instate class in 2024. Beasley — the top player in the class — is just the 140th best player nationally, and there’s only seven four-star recruits in the class.

Tennessee’s four commit 2024 recruiting class ranks 15th nationally according to the 247sports team rankings.

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