New Tennessee staff impresses 4-star in-state OL Jerome Carvin as final decision looms

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Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Check out previous editions here. In this edition, we discuss Tennessee target Jerome Carvin and where he’s leaning in the recruitment process.

Jerome Carvin receives in-home visit

Tennessee is in desperate need of some offensive line help. In-state prospect Jerome Carvin might be exactly what the doctor ordered.

Carvin told SEC Country on Friday that he was impressed with the staff Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt was putting together. In particular, new offensive line coach Will Friend stood out to Carvin.

“He a pretty good dude,” Carvin said. “He knows what he’s talking about. That’s going to be a plus.”

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Carvin plans to take advantage of the early signing period beginning on Dec. 20. He has his final list down to four: Mississippi State, Florida, Auburn and Tennessee.

Auburn is probably fourth in the mix, but I don’t see them having much of a shot.

Dan Mullen changing from Mississippi State to Florida is an interesting wrinkle that helps Tennessee. Carvin had been trending to Mississippi State throughout the season and had been to multiple games in Starkville. It appeared like it was a done deal before Mullen left.

Florida offered Carvin soon after Mullen took the Gators job. I’m not sure Carvin wants to go that far from home. He lives in Cordova, Tenn., just outside of Memphis.

Tennessee has been on him for a while. He knows what the Vols have to offer and knows players on the team. Carvin talked with offensive linemen Trey Smith and Drew Richmond about playing for the Vols.

Something to keep an eye on with Carvin: Tennessee extended an offer to running back Jeremy Banks last Saturday. Banks played with Carvin in high school and the two are close.

Banks will take an official visit to Tennessee this weekend. If he begins to lean toward a commitment with the Vols, it will only increase their chances with Carvin.

Deciding factor

Carvin has played his recruitment close to the vest. He has quickly had to re-evaluate matters since the shakeup at Mississippi State.

“I’m all over the place right now,” Carvin said. “I have no leaders right now.”

Carvin won’t give much insight into what will factor into his final decision.

“I’m just going to go back and review everything, look at all the visits I’ve been on,” Carvin said. “Just try to see where my head is at.”

The previous Vols staff pushed the notion of Carvin playing in his home state. It seemed to resonate. This would be a nice get for Pruitt.

Carvin rates as a 4-star prospect and ranks as the No. 25 offensive tackle in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. At 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds, he was recruited by the previous staff to play right tackle. Alabama had pursued him as a guard before its class filled up. It’s unclear where the new staff projects Carvin.

Tennessee nearing a commit?

Some Tennessee fans have become concerned about recent de-commitments. The Vols lost commitments from cornerback Brandon Cross and defensive end Jamarcus Chatman on Monday.

Fans want to know when the de-commitments will stop and when the commitments will begin again. Tennessee held 23 commitments in late September. That number has dwindled to 11.

Pruitt could be circling in on his first commitment with the Vols, though. Sources told SEC Country that Mississippi State commit Marcus Murphy is trending toward Tennessee. I was told a flip could come soon. Murphy will be in Knoxville for an official visit and could wait until then.

Recruiting is fluid, though, and the new Mississippi State staff could double down efforts with Murphy. It is looking good right now for Tennessee, though.

Official visits this weekend could provide a few commitments for Tennessee.

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