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Where Tennessee stands
Tennessee’s recruiting of the Class of 2018 hasn’t slowed down despite rumors of coach Butch Jones’ job security.
One of the Vols’ top targets right now is offensive tackle Jerome Carvin from Cordova, Tenn.
Carvin took his official visit to Knoxville when Tennessee lost 41-0 to Georgia. Carvin came away impressed despite the rough game for the Vols, according to an interview with Woody Wommack of Rivals.
“It was good, despite them losing,” Carvin said. “The weekend was great. I hung out with Drew Richmond and Trey Smith and they took care of me well. I just had fun. I got a chance to watch film with Coach [Walt] Wells and Coach Jones was with me the whole time, so it was great. It was cool hanging with Drew; he’s from Memphis, so we already knew each other, and that was my first time really talking to Trey but we could along great, so it was all good. Coach Wells is my main recruiter and he’s coming at me the hardest, he stays on me. He’s energetic and funny, so he’s a good guy.”
Wells has been one of Tennessee’s best recruiters. It isn’t a surprise he has built a solid relationship with Carvin. Tennessee recruiting him the hardest is a good sign for the Vols, too. He told SEC Country in September the coaching staff said he’d have an opportunity to push for playing time at right tackles next season.
Plenty of SEC schools are still pursuing, though.
Carvin has become a target of Mississippi State. The Bulldogs continue to look more favorable to him, seemingly by the week.
Carvin took his official visit to Mississippi State last week when the Bulldogs played BYU.
“Coach [Dan] Mullen hits me up pretty much every day,” Carvin said. “We have a good relationship, me, Coach [John] Hevesy and Coach [Rod] Gibson, we all have a good relationship and that’s what really has them in the picture. It makes me feel special to have the head coach recruiting me like that. But it’s all good. I love Coach Mullen, he’s a great coach. It’s about two hours to get to Mississippi State for a visit.”
The visit supposedly went well. Mississippi State has been a dark horse candidate to land Carvin ever since Alabama dropped out of the running. The Crimson Tide had sat atop Carvin’s recruitment along with Tennessee before taking commitments from other prospects.
Arkansas represents another threat to securing a commitment from Carvin. He will take his official visit to Fayetteville, Ark., on Dec. 2.
“It’s really Coach [Bret] Bielema and Coach [Kurt] Anderson, he’s a really good coach,” Carvin said. “Both of them are really good coaches and they’re recruiting me hard. They came to school a couple of times and I have a really good relationship with them. They’re just saying that they could use me to help them turn things around. They have put a lot offensive linemen in the NFL and they’re real big on that and how they treat offensive linemen and that’s sticking out to me.”
The Razorbacks seem to be more on the outside looking in right now. Anytime they are involved with offensive linemen, though, it is worth noting.
When will a decision come?
Carvin won’t make a decision in the next few weeks, but one isn’t too far off.
“I’m just trying to take all of my officials and really get an idea of where I want to go,” Carvin said. “I’m going to be enrolling early, so I’m going to be making a decision early; that’s why I’m taking all of my visits now.”
Tennessee could use some good news on the recruiting trail. It might have to wait until December, but I believe Carvin will end up on Rocky Top.
Carvin rates as a 3-star prospect and ranks as the No. 29 offensive tackle in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
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