Four-star offensive tackle Bennett Warren committed to Tennessee football on his Twitter Monday morning. The massive Texan chose the Volunteers over a top group of Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas.
— Bennett Warren (@BenzWarren76) July 31, 2023
Warren immediately becomes one of Tennessee’s highest rated commits in the 2023 recruiting class. He ranks as a four-star recruit and the No. 143 player in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-7, 330-pound lineman ranks as the eighth best prep offensive lineman in the country and the No. 25 player in the state of Texas.
Tennessee spent the majority of Warren’s recruitment on the outside looking in. Warren took 17 different visits before taking his first to Knoxville— a late June official visit. The Sugar Land, Texas native’s official visit to Tennessee was the last of four summer officials and clearly left a massive impression.
The Vols skyrocketed to the top of Warren’s recruitment after the lone visit. After spending just over a month thinking things over following his final official visit (Tennessee), the blue-chip offensive tackle committed to Josh Heupel and his staff.
Warren’s commitment marks a major win for Tennessee’s 2023 recruiting class but particularly offensive line coach Glen Elarbee. The Vols have struggled to land top flight offensive tackles in the last two recruiting cycles including a number of targets this cycle.
However, Elarbee and Tennessee have recruited the offensive line position well as a whole in the 2023 cycle. The Vols landed four-stars Max Anderson and William Satterwhite as well as highly sought after three-star Gage Ginther and three-star Jesse Perry.
Perry is definitively an offensive tackle prospect. Anderson or Ginther could both end up at tackle in college but neither is a sure thing. Adding a blue-chip, no doubt offensive tackle prospect is a major win for Tennessee’s recruiting class.
Warren becomes Tennessee’s 19th commit in the 2023 cycle and bump the Vols’ recruiting class from No. 9 to No. 8 nationally according to the 247sports team rankings. Tennessee’s recruiting class ranks extremely closely behind Notre Dame, Florida State and Penn State while holding fewer commits than all three.