Category Archives: UTs 2016 Signing Class

Devante Brooks

Devante Brooks

Devante Brooks is a 3-star tight end according to Rivals (6’5, 225-pounds) from St. John’s College High in Washington, DC. Josh Ward’s Take: Brooks is a highly-touted player who jumped on his offer from Tennessee early in the recruiting process. Brooks is recovering from his second torn ACL, which he suffered in May.  MORE

Jonathan Kongbo

Jonathan Kongbo

Jonathan Kongbo is a 5-star defensive end according to Rivals (6’6, 260-pounds) out of Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, AZ. Josh Ward’s Take: This is a big win for Tennessee. Kongbo originally committed to the Vols before reopening his recruitment last month. Kongbo is a monster athlete who could be the next great pass…MORE

Austin Pope

Austin Pope

Austin Pope is a 3-star tight end according to Rivals (6’4, 218-pounds) out of CAK in Knoxville, TN. Josh Ward’s Take: Pope is an athletic tight end who fills a position of need for Tennessee, which has seen plenty of attrition at tight end in recent years. Pope is one of the most confident players…MORE

Daniel Bituli

Daniel Bituli

Daniel Bituli is a 4-star LB, 6’3, 228-pounds out of Nashville Christian School in Nashville, TN. Josh Ward’s Take: Bituli is a really good athlete who excelled as both a running back and a linebacker in high school. He should help immediately on special teams and figures into a big role in the future at linebacker.  MORE

Ja’Quain Blakely

Ja’Quain Blakely

Ja’Quain Blakely is a 6’2″, 210-pound LB from Moultrie, GA. Rivals ranks Blakely as a 4-star prospect Josh Ward’s Take: Blakely has good speed and helps fill out a position that isn’t particularly deep in the 2016 class. Blakely won’t be asked to play a big role right away. The Vols will give him time…MORE

Brandon Johnson

Brandon Johnson

WR Brandon Johnson is a 6’2″, 175-pound 3-star prospect from Plantation, FL Josh Ward’s Take: Johnson comes from a talent-rich school that faces top competition every year. The son of former Major League Baseball catcher Charles Johnson, Brandon Johnson should turn into a well-rounded receiver who can block and make plays down the field.MORE

Latrell Williams

Latrell Williams

2-star WR Latrell Williams is a 5’11”, 175-pound prospect from Lake City, FL. Williams chose Tennessee over Miami Josh Ward’s Take: Williams helps add to Tennessee’s depth at receiver. There are plenty of questions about Tennessee’s future at the position. Stealing Williams away from his Miami commitment is a big boost to the class.MORE

Corey Henderson

Corey Henderson

3-star ATH Corey Henderson is a 6’1″, 170-pound prospect from Shreveport, LA. Josh Ward’s Take: Henderson has played quarterback in high school and should transition comfortably to wide receiver. He’s a playmaker who Tennessee will try to use in a number of different ways to get him the football.MORE

Tyler Byrd

Tyler Byrd

Tyler Byrd is a 5’11, 160-pound DB from Naples, FL. Rivals ranks Byrd as a 4-star prospect Josh Ward’s Take: Byrd is a playmaker. He’s an elite defensive back who could also be a difference maker on special teams. Cam Sutton sounds like a pretty good mentor for that role. Stealing Byrd from Miami is…MORE

Carlin Fils-Aime

Carlin Fils-Aime

Rivals 3-star RB Carlin Fils-Aime is a 5’11”, 175-pound prospect from Naples, FL Josh Ward’s Take: Fils-aime could play a role similar to Alvin Kamara, who’s proven to be a dangerous threat as a runner and receiver. Fils-aime will provide depth as a freshman and should play a big role in Tennessee’s offense in 2017.MORE

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