Committed Tennessee football defensive linemen for 2019
LeDarrius Cox; 4-star; 6’4″ 310 lbs; Mobile, Ala.; McGill Toolen High School
Tennessee football received a commitment from LeDarrius Cox before the commitments even started rolling in. The Alabama prospect committed to the Vos back in April, and he’s the perfect prospect for them. Coming in at 6’4″ 310 pounds, Cox already has appropriate size to be able to play nose tackle.
On top of that, Cox is the No. 15 ranked player at his position nationally. And his stock is rising, so he could really make an impact. With so much attrition at defensive tackle after this year, expect him to immediately be able to compete for a starting job.
Darel Middleton (JuCO); 3-star; 6’6″ 280 lbs; Scooba, Miss.; East Mississippi C.C.
If Darel Middleton puts on more muscle, he could become a four-star. This junior college prospect will help bring a veteran presence to the 2019 Tennessee football defensive tackle unit, which is obviously undergoing a huge overhaul.
Middleton was fielding offers from the Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs and Kentucky Wildcats when he committed to the Vols back in April. A veteran providing depth at the position is huge for next year with three guys leaving. So his commitment is a big deal.
Jalil Clemons; 3-star; 6’3″ 240 lbs; Starkville, Miss.; Starkville High School
Jalil Clemons was Tennessee football’s final commitment before the dead period began, and he committed to the Vols that weekend. Clemons is a strong-side defensive end and heading to a position that will have quite a few openings itself after this year.
A Top 25 player in the state of Mississippi, Clemons could do more to improve his stock. But he will at least help to fill out the roster for the Vols here. They still use two ends, so they need more guys to commit, but Clemons is a start.