Vols 2020 commitments at DB
Art Green; 4-star
6’2″ 201 lbs; Chesterfield, Mo.; Hutchinson Community College
After already being loaded at cornerback with young guys, Tennessee football added another one by going the junior college route in Art Green. Green will join the Vols in 2020 as a junior and be right there alongside Bryce Thompson and Alontae Taylor. Talk about depth for Jeremy Pruitt to be able to work with.
A four-star on Rivals, Green brings incredible size at 6’2″ 201 pounds. He could lock down any receiver and play jam coverage with guys all the way down the line. His abilities are perfect for what Pruitt wants, and adding him sets up the Vols perfectly when it comes to depth for 2020. Perhaps he could play nickel next year too so he’ll be on the field with Thompson and Taylor.
Lovie Jenkins; 3-star
6’1″ 180 lbs; Ocoee, Fla.; Ocoee High School
He’s listed as an athlete on Rivals, but Lovie Jenkins is going to be a cornerback when he gets to college. At 6’1″ 180 pounds, he’s a speedster who can recover very well. As a result, Jenkins will be a great guy to add even more depth at cornerback.
A three-star on Rivals, Jenkins doesn’t have any ratings. He committed to the Vols back in the middle of June. But he is another body, and he definitely is a guy who could end up locking down that nickel spot in the future.
Antonio Johnson; 4-star
6’3″ 180 lbs; East St. Louis, Ill.; East St. Louis High School
Now Antonio Johnson is the elite pickup for Tennessee football in this class so far. He is a safety who stands at 6’3″, which is a great size. At 180 pounds, he could put on some pounds, but Johnson is an amazing pickup no matter what. Next year, Deangelo Gibbs and Trevon Flowers will be the favorites to start at safety. But Johnson could immediately make a push.
A four-star on Rivals, Johnson is a top 100 player nationally, the No. 6 ranked player at his position and the top-ranked player in his home state. It’s hard to get much better than him, and he’ll be able to cover anybody. Pruitt and Derrick Ansley struck gold here.
Keshawn Lawrence; 4-star
6’2″ 186 lbs; Nashville, Tenn.; Ensworth High School
The Vols may have struck gold with Antonio Johnson, but adding Keshawn Lawrence is still a huge move for them. It shows just how good and deep they will be at safety in the future. Lawrence is a major in-state pickup as a four-star, and he already has more pounds on him at 186 while also still being a decent size at 6’2″.
Lawrence is also a four-star on Rivals, coming straight out of Nashville. He is the No. 128 player nationally, only a 45-player difference between him and Johnson, and he’s the No. 7 ranked player at his position, only one spot behind Johnson. Meanwhile, he’s the No. 4 ranked player within the state of Tennessee. So he’s another great get.