Tennessee Vols Head Coach Butch Jones had a very big weekend. He rolled out the Orange Carpet this weekend, and several prospects jumped on to take a ride.
Butch received commitments from four outstanding football players this weekend. It was a big boost to his 2015 and 2016 class commitments, both of which are top ten classes nationally in the respective classes.
The first commitment, and most heralded, was offensive lineman Ryan Johnson out of Brentwood Academy near Nashville. Johnson is a beast at 6’6″ 270, and he is just a rising Junior. He will solidify the 2016 class. He is what the Vols need on the interior of that offensive line.
The second commitment came from 3 star corner Darrell Miller for 2015. Miller is a rising Senior out of Cedar Hill, Texas. Miller is likely to shed his 3 star ranking to move up as he is impressing scouts from all over. With offers from schools such as Ohio State, Boise State, and Michigan State, Tennessee was fortunate to land this polished corner for the 2015 season
The surprises came next in the form of a 6’4″ 220 Defensive End from Florida, Marques Ford for the 2015 class, and 5’10 160lb 4 star corner Bailey Phillips, yet another Texan for the 2016 class. These two defensive players are also being offered from the who’s who of College Football across America.
Ford is a little slight at 220 for a SEC Defensive End, but will beef up his Senior year of High School and during offseason to help a Vols defense that needs help at Defensive Line. Looking at film, he has the frame and the motor, he just needs to play a little lower. They will teach him that when he hits campus, and should get to play right away. He is offered by Miami, Arkansas, Ole Miss and several more.
Phillips is not exactly a beast, but he has tremendous speed at the corner position. Tennessee has to upgrade team speed as made quite evident over the past few seasons, and Phillips certainly will help. We will have to wait for 2016 to see this young man, but he will be a good one if Butch can keep him and sign him. Phillips has reportedly been offered by the likes of UCLA and Clemson.
Coach Jones continues to work hard selling himself, his vision, and of course The University of Tennessee’s proud Tradition. It promises to be a tough 2014 on the field for the Vols, but man there is light at the end of the tunnel. Coach Jones and his Orange Carpet are serving notice to the SEC East.