Four-star linebacker Chris Cole is unofficially visiting Tennessee Saturday for its home opener against Austin Peay before announcing his college commitment Sunday afternoon, On3’s Scott Schrader reported.
Cole is announcing his college commitment at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday and is choosing between a top group which includes Georgia, Miami, Penn State, Southern Cal, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
— Chris Cole (@Chris_Cole3) September 6, 2023
The Salem, Virginia native ranks as a four-star recruit and the No. 56 player in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. Cole also ranks as the nation’s sixth best linebacker and the No. 1 player in the state of Virginia.
Cole is a standout at Salem High School where he’s teammates with Tennessee running back commit Peyton Lewis. Lewis ranks as the No. 184 player in the country and committed to the Vols over South Carolina this summer.
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The blue-chip recruit’s official visit to Tennessee is his third trip to Knoxville since March. Cole’s also visited Georgia and Penn State three times while visiting Miami twice, Southern Cal once and the instate Hokies 10 total times including five times in 2023.
Entering the weekend, Georgia is viewed as the leader to land Cole’s services. All three 247sports crystal ball predictions are to Georgia and the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine gives the Bulldogs a 74.8% chance of landing the blue-chip recruit. Tennessee hopes they can flip the momentum in Cole’s recruitment with the weekend visit.
Tennessee’s 2024 recruiting class currently contains 20 commits including two four-star linebackers: Nashville native Edwin Spillman and Atlanta native Jordan Burns.
The Vols’ 20 commit recruiting class ranks No. 7 nationally according to the 247sports team rankings.