Who is Tennessee targeting to fill its biggest need at cornerback?

  • Blake Morgan
  • SEC Country
Jan 03, 2018

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Tennessee is losing three cornerbacks off its 2017 roster. So you’re absolutely right; cornerback is probably the position of biggest need right now for the Vols.

There are no cornerback commits in the Class 0f 2018 to fill those holes. Who are some prospects that coach Jeremy Pruitt is looking at to add some depth at cornerback next season?

Mission Viejo, Calif., native Olaijah Griffin looks like a possible commit. The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback came to Knoxville on an official visit on Dec. 15 as a UCLA commit. He left with an open recruitment and a lot to think about.

Griffin has told people the Vols are the leaders for him. He might wait until National Signing Day on Feb. 7 to make his final decision. It appears that Tennessee is in a great spot, though.

Griffin rates as 4-star prospect and ranks as the No. 4 cornerback in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. He certainly has the talent to come in and make a difference.

Another prospect the Vols are pursuing is Isaac Taylor-Stuart. Like Griffin, Taylor-Stuart didn’t have much interest in the Vols until Pruitt got the job.

Taylor-Stuart is more of a longshot right now, but Tennessee is trying to climb up the list. He is a 5-star prospect who could start on his first day with the Vols.

Keep an eye on Eddie Smith moving forward, too. He’s had some interest from the coaching staff. He’s a 3-star prospect, but is 6-1 and 181 pounds. He fits the mold Pruitt wants from his cornerbacks.

Tennessee turned away Brandon Cross and Tanner Ingle, who both had interest in coming to Rocky Top. It’s clear Pruitt doesn’t want to just take guys to have bodies on the roster. He is looking for the right fits.

Don’t be surprised if the Vols wade into the junior college waters and try to snag a corner there, too.

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