Tennessee football has one running back committed for its 2020 recruiting class. Here’s a look at where the Volunteers stand overall at the position.
Arguably the most exciting weapon for Tennessee football heading into the 2019 season is a junior running back by the name of Ty Chandler. A four-star commitment back in 2017, he has been an explosive playmaker for the Vols in two systems.
Chandler represents a collection of elite, young running backs that Jeremy Pruitt has built into a stable. Although Carlin Fils-Aime is the senior and the veteran of the bunch, Chandler and Tim Jordan lead the way as the feature backs.
This year, sophomore Jeremy Banks figures to be right behind them as a power back. Add in four-star all-purpose back commitment Eric Gray in the 2019 class, and the Vols are set with their feature back/power back combination at least through 2020.
And with another commitment in their 2020 recruiting class, they could be set beyond that. Continuing with our mini-series evaluating the Tennessee football recruiting class for next year during the recruiting dead period this summer, we look at where the Vols stand in the backfield.
Our evaluation will look at those committed, top elite prospects still on the board, and other top and potential prospects. We’ll close out, as we always do, with a prediction and a final take on where the position currently stands.
A nature of this team over the past few years is they’ve gone all in with backs from the state. Chandler is from Nashville, Gray and Banks are from Memphis, and there’s another incoming prospect from East Tennessee. But there’s still talent from elsewhere.
Also, if Pruitt wants to get where he needs to be here, he may need to lure more people from out of state to Rocky Top. Losing out on recent in-state guys like Elijah Young to the Missouri Tigers could make that more necessary.
Anyway, let’s analyze where the program stands right now and where it needs to go. This is our evaluation of the 2020 Tennessee football recruiting class at the running back position during the summer dead period.