4-star Tennessee DB target’s recruitment ‘wide open’ following visit

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The secondary will be the most watched position group for Tennessee in the Class of 2019.

The Vols seemed to move closer to helping out the cause this weekend, as they hosted a number of important prospects. Safety Jalyn Philips was possibly one of the most important.

The coaching staff made a good impression on Philips, too.

This tweet is important because Phillips was thought to be an Oklahoma lean a few weeks ago. Phillips proclaiming his recruitment “wide open” soon after leaving Knoxville is a win for the Vols. Add in this was his second trip to Knoxville since coach Jeremy Pruitt was hired, and it looks even better.

The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Georgia native rates as a 4-star prospect and the No. 30 safety in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Pruitt values positional flexibility in his defense, especially in the secondary. The Vols likely envision Phillips playing anywhere in the back and could be moved around.

Tennessee wants to add defensive prospects who can shift around and play different areas of the field. This helps keep offenses off-guard. Philips seems to fit this mold, and it’s why he’s a top target this cycle.

Tennessee added one defensive back in the Class of 2018 in Trevon Flowers. The Vols lost four cornerbacks off the 2017 roster and will lose safeties Micah Abernathy and Todd Kelly Jr. following the 2018 season.

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Defensive back is the biggest need for the Vols this recruiting cycle because of the lack of depth.

Stick with SEC Country for more updates on Phillips and the Class of 2019.

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