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Tennessee Bumps Up the Recruiting Rankings After Landing Elite Offensive Lineman

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Tennessee landed a blue-chip prospect to their 2025 recruiting class on Monday afternoon with a commitment from Douglas Utu.

The 6-foot-4, 317-pound offensive lineman committed to Tennessee on Monday after a productive visit to Rocky Top over the weekend. Utu is a soon-to-be four-year starting offensive lineman for Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, highlighting the vast experience that he has collected en route to Tennessee.

Utu ranks as a four-star player according to 247 Sports’ Composite rankings but does have a couple of five-star ratings to his name. 247 Sports and On3 Sports have Utu as a four-star prospect while ESPN and Rivals have Utu as a five-star recruit. Rivals is the highest on Utu with a No. 8 overall individual ranking while ESPN has him as the No. 11 player in the class of 2025.

Despite some variation in the rankings, there’s no question that Utu is one of the top players in the entire recruiting cycle and has the potential to be the top player from this U.T. class.

Utu is now the second highest-rated player in Tennessee’s class according to 247 Sports while topping the list according to Rivals. With an addition such as that, there was a certainty that Tennessee was going to climb up the team recruiting rankings.

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Here’s where Tennessee stands on Monday afternoon after Utu became the 14th commitment to Josh Heupel’s 2025 class in Knoxville:

247 Sports


  • No. 12 overall
  • No. 7 SEC
  • 1 five-star, 6 four-stars,7 three-stars
  • Ranking on June 21: No. 17


On3 Sports


  • No. 12 overall
  • No. 7 SEC
  • 1 five-star, 6 four-stars, 7 three-stars
  • Ranking on June 21: No. 13




  • No. 14 overall
  • No. 7 SEC
  • 1 five-star, 6 four-stars, 7 three-stars
  • Ranking on June 21: No. 26


Douglas Utu is Tennessee’s third commitment in the last four days with all three prospects being in the trenches. Tennessee landed four-star interior offensive lineman Nic Moore on June 20, three-star defensive lineman Charles House on June 22, and four-star offensive lineman Douglas Utu on June 24.

Four of Tennessee’s top six commits in the class are trench players aside from five-star QB George MacIntyre and four-star tight end Jack Van Dorselaer. Those players include Utu, Moore, four-star defensive lineman Ethan Utley, and four-star EDGE rusher Jayden Loftin.

Stay tuned to Rocky Top Insider for more Tennessee football recruiting updates.

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