1. Which summer enrollees will make an immediate impact?
In spring ball, 10 early enrollees already showed their potential value with Tennessee football. Quavaris Crouch brings some potential at linebacker, Jaylen McCullough looks like a playmaker at safety, and Wanya Morris may already be in line to start on the offensive line.
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But the summer arrivals make everything more interesting. The most standout among them is Darnell Wright, the one unanimous five-star for the Vols in this year’s recruiting class. Coming out of West Virginia, he figures to immediately compete for a starting job on the offensive line.
Sticking up front, four-star Chris Akporoghene didn’t stand out in the spring, and Melvin McBride was forced to retire. But four-star Jackson Lampley out of Nashville may also make a push, so watch out for him.
When it comes to the secondary, the other loaded part of the class, Tyus Fields and Warren Burrell were cornerbacks to join McCullough as early enrollees in the secondary. And they were the three four-stars in the class there. But now Aaron Beasley and Kenney Solomon are there, so don’t count out their potential to make a splash.
Also on defense, Aubrey Solmon was the only newcomer in the spring up front. Those JuCo defensive linemen and three-star commitment Elijah Simmons, who stands at 350 pounds, will all be looking to turn heads. Then, at linebacker, four-star Roman Harrison could make a push at edge rusher, while four-star Henry To’oto’o will look to have the impact Crouch didn’t have in the spring.
Tight end Sean Brown will look to make a push that Jackson Lowe got a head start on to provide depth there in the spring, and the same is true for Jerrod Means at wide receiver after Ramel Keyton arrived early, even as that position is loaded. Simply put, there are lots of guys looking to stand out.
It’s likely that Jeremy Pruitt gives a first look to those summer enrollees since he hasn’t been able to work with them yet. If some of them can make an early splash, Tennessee football will be able to answer lots of its other questions. So keep an eye on what they all do, as it will impact every other aspect of the team.