Tennessee set to host its biggest recruiting weekend of the year

BY foxsports • January 29, 2016

It has all come down to the final weekend for Tennessee recruiting. As college football recruiting continues to evolve each and every season, the current Volunteers staff has once again shown the ability to stay one step ahead of the competition and land arguably the most impressive official visitor event during the weekend before National Signing Day. 

Three uncommitted five-star prospects expected to be in Knoxville this weekend include: U.S Army All-Americans defensive tackle Derrick Brown and defensive back Nigel Warrior as well as Under Armour All-American offensive lineman Landon Dickerson.

Committed prospects include U.S. Army All-American defensive back Tyler Byrd (Miami commit) and running back Zack Moss (Utah commit). Neither committed player has visited the Tennessee campus before this trip but there are strong indications, especially from Byrd, that a flip to the Vols may be imminent. 

All three uncommitted five-star prospects are scheduled to commit on live television during National Signing Day festivities. Warrior at 8 a.m. ET, Dickerson at noon ET and Brown at 3 p.m ET. 

Current Volunteer commits scheduled to be in for the weekend include: Under Armour All-American quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, linebackers Daniel Bituli and Ja'Quain Blakely, running back Carlin Fils-aime - who lives in the same house as Byrd, receiver Corey Henderson and tight ends Devante Brooks and Austin Pope. 

The Vols are also in consideration for five-star junior college defensive end Jonathan Kongbo, who will be in Tallahassee this weekend after already taking to Knoxville in late November. The coaching staff visited with Kongbo Thursday and took an amazing photo with the nation's top JUCO prospect.

Facing a numbers limit after signing two huge recruiting classes in 2014 and 2015, Tennessee is expected to sign right around 21 prospects in this class. With 17 players already either committed or signed and enrolled in classes, the Vols are holding out hope that some of the nation's elite uncommitted prospects join the fold. 

If Tennessee is able to grab at least two additional blue chip prospects from this weekend's visits, they will secure another top 20 nationally ranked class leading into their first season as legitimate favorites to win the SEC East in some time.