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Tennessee enters the early signing period with 24 commits as head coach Josh Heupel puts the finishing touches on his second full singing class in Knoxville.
The Vols enter Wednesday with the nation’s No. 9 recruiting class and the SEC’s fourth ranked class with the possibility of adding a handful of players Wednesday.
It’s expected to be a slow day for the Vols but we’ll keep you updated on all of Tennessee’s early signing period movement including when the current Vol commits ink their NLI.
Updated as of 7:20 A.M. ET.
Caleb Herring, Edge Rusher
Herring was a long target of Tennessee’s coaching staff. The Vols landed Caleb’s older brother Elijah as part of the 2022 signing class and earned Caleb’s commitment in April. The top player in the Volunteer State has already arrived on Tennessee’s campus to participate in bowl practice.
The 6-foot-5, 206 pound prospect ranks as the No. 75 player and No. 12 edge rusher in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. Herring is the type of prospect that can elevate Tennessee’s defense to the next level but at a position with solid depth and better recruiting, early playing time is no guarantee.
Daevin Hobbs, Defensive Lineman
Hobbs was perhaps the most impressive recruiting win of Josh Heupel’s tenure in Knoxville. The Concord, North Carolina native chose Tennessee after a long recruiting battle with North Carolina, Ohio State and mainly Alabama and Georgia. Hobbs spent his fall taking visits to Athens, Knoxville and Tuscaloosa before committing to the Vols in late November.
The 6-foot-4, 257-pound defensive lineman ranks as the No. 51 player in the country and No. 2 player in the state of North Carolina according to the 247sports composite rankings. Hobbs is also the fourth highest ranked defensive lineman in the 2023 cycle. As Tennessee attempts to stack talent defensively, they’ve done a better job at defensive line than anywhere else. The Vols hope Hobbs will factor as a freshman but he’ll have plenty of competition to do so.
Arion Carter, Inside Linebacker
Carter committed to Tennessee earlier this month as Josh Heupel and his staff won a major recruiting battle against Ohio State and primarily Alabama. The Smyrna native was committed to Memphis for months before a massive senior season saw him earn Tennessee 6A Mr. Football honors and bigger scholarship offers.
The 6-foot-1, 215 pound inside linebacker de-committed from Memphis in November before taking visits to Knoxville and Tuscaloosa and deciding on Tennessee. Carter ranks as the No. 158 player in the country and No. 2 player in the state of Tennessee according to the 247sports composite rankings. At linebacker, Carter has a clear path to early playing time. Going through bowl practices and early enrolling in January should help Carter find the field early next fall.