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Several Tennessee commits and top targets were mesmerized by last Saturday’s Battle at Bristol.
2017 QB pledge CJ Lewis called the event “unreal,” while OT commit Riley Locklear said it was “amazing.”
The “mind-blowing” experience was the exact reaction Vols coach Butch Jones was hoping for when the game was announced two years ago.
On Monday, Jones told the Knoxville Quarterback Club the spectacle was “a great event for recruiting.”
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Jones said, “The feedback we gained was remarkable. On my phone, I finally showed somebody, I had 172 text messages after the game. A lot of it was from recruits. They want to be part of something like that. So that was great. We did have some prominent recruits at the game, so that was great as well.”
Most notably, 5-star offensive tackle Trey Smith, the top remaining target on Tennessee’s board for the Class of 2017, attended the game, so did Volunteers commits Lewis, Locklear, DT Eric Crosby and Kendrell Scurry — a 2019 receiver.
Other priority prospects included 2018 4-star defensive end Malik Vann, 2018 4-star linebacker Dax Hollifield and 2019 4-star defensive end Stephen Herron Jr.
Tennessee commits combine to score 16 TDs
While the Battle at Bristol certainly stole the spotlight in Volunteer State over the weekend, a number of Tennessee commits racked up noteworthy performances, too.
In all, 10 Vols pledges combined to reach pay dirt 16 times this weekend.
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* Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) High School standout Theo Jackson, a two-way player who will line up in the secondary at Tennessee, stole the show in the Bobcats’ 34-7 win over Lipscomb. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound 3-star pledge scored two special teams touchdowns — a 55-yard punt return and 60-yard blocked field goal — and snagged an interception in the victory.
* 4-star athlete Alontae Taylor, a 2018 commit from Coffee County Central (Manchester, Tenn.), had two touchdowns and 183 rushing yards in a loss. Take a look at some of his highlights.
* Electric 3-star athlete commit CJ Cotman scored a 73-yard touchdown on the first play of Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic’s 35-3 win.
* 3-star cornerback commit Cheyenne Labruzza had another monster performance in Albany (La.) High’s 55-0 win. The speedster totaled 199 yards and two touchdowns on offense, including a 77-yard rush.
* In short work, 4-star tailback Ty Chandler scored 3 touchdowns on just five carries in Montgomery Bell (Nashville) Academy’s 45-0 win.
* Hattiesburg (Miss.) High receiver Jordan Murphy, a 3-star commit, hauled in 5 receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
* Underrated tight end Chase Rogers, a 3-star commit from St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Miss.) High, had 7 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown in a loss.
* LaVergne teammates Maleik Gray, a future safety at Tennessee, and receiver Princeton Fant both scored touchdowns on Friday, as did defensive tackle/tailback Eric Crosby.
Not to be outdone, several defensive commits piled up notable performances, too.
* 3-star linebacker Jaquan Henderson, a star and captain at Newton (Covington, Ga.) High, had 7 tackles and 2 sacks in a nail-biting 34-32 win over Peachtree Ridge.
* Kell (Marietta, Ga.) High linebacker Solon Page III, a 3-star commit, had an absurd 20 tackles and a forced fumble in a close win.
* 3-star defensive end Tre Lawson, a North Augusta (S.C.) High product, recorded 3 TFLs in a 22-20 defeat.
Source: SEC Country