Two of Tennessee’s seven early commitments for the 2015 class made big moves Tuesday in the latest update to the Top247.
Wide receiver Preston Williams of Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga., who has been committed to Tennessee since September, now is rated a five-star prospect by 247Sports.
Wide receiver Preston Williams of Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga., who has been committed to the Vols since September, now is rated a five-star prospect and ranked the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver by 247Sports, checking in as the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2015 class.
Tennessee offensive line commitment Jack Jones of Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., meanwhile, made his debut in the Top247 as the nation’s No. 177 overall player and the No. 21 offensive tackle in the 2015 class.
The updated 247Sports rankings also featured plenty of movement among some of the Vols’ early targets.
Five-star quarterback Torrance Gibson of Plantation, Fla., one of Tennessee’s top quarterback targets, moved up seven spots to check in as the nation’s No. 9 overall prospect. Another of the Vols’ top priorities at quarterback, Jarrett Stidham of Stephenville, Texas, vaulted up 24 spots to No. 54 overall.
Defensive end Jalen Dalton of West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C., was elevated to five-star status, jumping 85 spots to No. 30 overall. Another of the Vols’ defensive end targets, Byron Cowart of Seffner, Fla., climbed 28 spots to No. 58.
Defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie of Concord, Calif. — the son of former Tennessee standout Reggie McKenzie, who’s now the general manager of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders — made his debut in the Top247, moving up 196 spots to the nation’s No. 60 overall prospect.
Wide receiver Calvin Ridley of Coconut Creek, Fla., made his debut in the Top247 and vaulted into the top 100 with one big move, checking in as the nation’s No. 93 overall prospect, while offensive lineman Chuma Edoga of Powder Springs, Ga., moved up 31 spots to No. 94.
Defensive end Kyle Phillips of Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tenn. — one of the Vols’ top in-state targets — slipped 35 spots to No. 101. Phillips is coming off October surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Another of Tennessee’s defensive end targets, Anree Saint-Amour of Suwanee, Ga., dropped 34 spots to No. 109, while defensive end Arden Key of Atlanta — a former South Carolina commitment who’s being pursued by the Vols — went down 35 spots to No. 112.
Four-star defensive lineman Sterling Johnson of Clayton, N.C., made his debut in the Top247, jumping more than 200 spots to No. 117 overall. Athlete Ray-Ray McCloud III of Tampa, Fla., also moved into the Top247 at No. 122.
Tight end Chris Clark of Avon, Conn., who received an offer from Tennessee last month, vaulted up to No. 170 overall, climbing more than 300 spots in 247Sports’ rankings. Another of the Vols’ tight end targets, Hale Hentges of Jefferson City, Mo., moved down 31 spots to No. 197.
All-purpose back Bryce Love of Wake Forest, N.C., slipped 33 spots to No. 227, and running back Johnny Frasier of Princeton, N.C., who received an offer from Tennessee earlier this month, made his debut in the Top247 at No. 233 overall.