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By the Numbers: Breaking Down Tennessee’s Early Signing Day Class

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Tennessee’s Early Signing Day class. Photo via Tennessee Athletics on X.

Tennessee announced 27 players on the National Signing Class roster prior to head coach Josh Heupel’s early signing day press conference on Wednesday afternoon in Knoxville.

The Vols’ announced class has 22 players from the high school recruiting trail, four transfer players, and one junior college transfer player.

For more details on the individual players that Tennessee signed on Wednesday, check out Rocky Top Insider’s full breakdown by clicking here.

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We go over some of the numbers to Tennessee’s class including early enrollees, state, and position breakdowns below:

Transfer Portal Additions (5):

  • Transfer TE Holden Staes (Notre Dame)
  • Transfer DB Jermod McCoy (Oregon State)
  • Transfer DB Jakobe Thomas (MTSU)
  • Transfer LB Eli Purcell (Wofford)
  • Transfer DL Jamal Wallace (Sierra College)


Early Enrollees (18):

  • Five-Star WR Mike Matthews
  • Four-Star ATH Boo Carter
  • Four-Star QB Jake Merklinger
  • Four-Star WR Braylon Staley
  • Four-Star RB Peyton Lewis
  • Four-Star OL Max Anderson
  • Four-Star DB Kaleb Beasley
  • Four-Star DL Kellen Lindstrom
  • Four-Star OL William Satterwhite
  • Four-Star LB Edwin Spillman
  • Three-Star OL Gage Ginther
  • Three-Star DB Edrees Farooq
  • Three-Star DB Marcus Goree Jr.
  • Three-Star OL Jesse Perry
  • Transfer TE Holden Staes (Notre Dame)
  • Transfer DB Jermod McCoy (Oregon State)
  • Transfer DB Jakobe Thomas (MTSU)
  • Transfer LB Eli Purcell (Wofford)


Breakdown by State (excluding transfers):

  • Tennessee: 8
  • Georgia: 4
  • Texas: 2
  • Maryland: 1
  • Colorado: 1
  • California: 1
  • Virginia: 1
  • Missouri: 1
  • Alabama: 1
  • Ohio: 1
  • South Carolina: 1


Breakdown by Position (including transfers):

  • Defensive Back: 6
  • Defensive Line: 5
  • Offensive Line: 5
  • Linebacker: 3
  • Wide Receiver: 2
  • Tight End: 2
  • Quarterback: 1
  • Running Back: 1
  • Athlete: 1
  • Long Snapper: 1 (PWO)


Tennessee’s Early Signing Day Class (with transfers):

Name (Alphabetical)
Position Star Ranking (via 247) Transfer
Max Anderson OL 4-Star
Kaleb Beasley DB 4-Star
Marshall Box LS PWO
Jordan Burns LB 3-Star
Boo Carter ATH 4-Star
Edges Farooq DB 3-Star
Carson Gentle DL 3-Star
Gage Ginther OL 3-Star
Marcus Goree Jr. DB 3-Star
Cole Harrison TE 3-Star
Jeremias Heard DL 3-Star
Peyton Lewis RB 4-Star
Kellen Lindstrom DL 3-Star
Jackson Matthews DB 3-Star
Mike Matthews WR 5-Star
Jermod McCoy DB Yes (Oregon State)
Jake Merklinger QB 4-Star
Jesse Perry OL 3-Star
Eli Purcell LB Yes (Wofford)
Jordan Ross DL 5-Star
William Satterwhite OL 4-Star
Edwin Spillman LB 4-Star
Holden Staes TE Yes (Notre Dame)
Braylon Staley WR 4-Star
Jakobe Thomas DB Yes (MTSU)
Jamal Wallace DL 3-Star Yes (JUCO Sierra)
Bennett Warren OL 4-Star


Tennessee Signing Day Class
Tennessee’s Early Signing Day roster. Photo via RTI, page via Tennessee Athletics.

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