Tennessee recruiting mailbag: Georgia problem, graduate transfers and quarterbacks

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Welcome to SEC Country’s weekly mailbag, a question-and-answer forum between readers and Tennessee team and recruiting reporter Blake Morgan.

In this edition, we discuss the latest in the Jerome Carvin recruitment, other top players the Volunteers could reel in and if the Class of 2018 is quality over quantity.

To submit a question for Blake, send a message to @BlakeMorganSEC on Twitter or email it to blake.morgan@coxinc.com.

I caught some flack on National Signing Day for posing this question. Yes, they are just kids, but that doesn’t mean a lot of Tennessee won’t get fired up to root against them. Why should I ignore what many in the fan base will be doing? It was a question worth asking, and the results are worth examining.

The poll received 8,503 votes in the 24-hour period last week. Quay Walker received the easy majority of the vote.

I suspect this is more recency bias than how Tennessee fans will feel moving forward. I know Walker tossed the hat after being a Tennessee lean for a few weeks prior. That sting will fade over time, though.

Cade Mays being committed for two years then choosing an SEC East rival will be remembered much longer. He was in the fan base’s consciousness for far longer. Walker came out of nowhere only a few weeks before National Signing Day.

At the end of the day, the question might not be seeing the forest through the trees, though. Both chose Georgia, and that’s really bad for Tennessee.

The Bulldogs finished the Class of 2018 recruiting cycle with 22 5-star or 4-star signees. Tennessee had 20 signees total.

Kirby Smart has Georgia rolling and ahead of schedule after going to the National Championship Game this past season. The Walker or Mays squabble might be what is thought about, but Georgia recruiting at the most elite level is a big problem for Tennessee, now and down the line.

You got that totally right. Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said the class might not be finished.

I suspect he was talking about two blueshirt prospects Brandon Davis and Joseph Norwood. Pruitt couldn’t mention them in his press conference because they had not signed national letters of intent.

The Vols will also likely keep an eye on the graduate transfer wire to see if they can pluck a position of need. There hasn’t been much noise on the front, though. Quarterback is the spot the coaching staff has looked at the most to this point.

If the team does add any graduate transfers, it likely won’t be for a little while. Possibly the summer.

Pruitt said last Wednesday that cornerbacks had been addressed, which is obviously not the case. There aren’t any cornerback signees despite losing four off the 2017 roster.

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Cornerback likely will be a thin spot next season. There will likely be safeties who have to play the position for some depth. Wide receiver Tyler Byrd could also switch positions to cornerback.

Expect cornerback to be one of the most recruited positions by this staff in the 2019 cycle.

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