Tennessee football recruiting picked up a Georgia outside linebacker Friday. B.J. Ojulari of Marietta, Ga. committed to the Volunteers.
Jeremy Pruitt lamented the limited amount of outside linebacker depth for Tennessee football last month at SEC Media Days. On Friday, he took another step towards rectifying that issue for the future of the Vols.
Georgia outside linebacker B.J. Ojulari, a 2020 four-star on Rivals who is from just outside of Atlanta, committed to the Vols. Ojulari is a top 150 player nationally and a top15 player at his position and within his home state.
Coming out of Marietta High School in Marietta, Ga., Ojulari is Tennessee football’s third commitment from the Peach State and 14th commitment overall. He announced his decision to commit to UT at his high school, which Vol Recruiting Reports streamed live on twitter, and then he made the announcement on his own personal Twitter account.
Ojulari already has multiple connections to the Vols. His current high school teammate is quarterback Harrison Bailey, a four-star commitment to UT, and he was also teammates with 2019 four-star wide receiver UT commitment Ramel Keyton.
With four-star commitment Roman Harrison in the 2019 class as well, Ojulari is a big step forward toward Jeremy Pruitt building depth at outside linebacker. That’s especially important with Darrell Taylor set to graduate after this year.
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Behind Taylor, Deandre Johnson, Kivon Bennett and Jordan Allen, who is battling an injury, are all contributors Harrison and Ojulari will join in 2020. However, there is still work to do if Pruitt really wants to set up his depth for the future.
Already standing at 6’3″ 220 pounds, Ojulari clearly brings unique size to Tennessee football. He is bound to improve a class that was ranked No. 31 nationally on Rivals before his commitment. Here is a look at his highlight reel.
As you can see, Ojulari already has a pretty impressive amount of strength, speed and feel for the ball, which is a perfect combination to play outside linebacker. It also looks legit since he’s doing it against Georgia high school talent, which is a big deal.
He also has great versatility, as he will arrive on Rocky Top with experience playing on the line or outside linebacker, which is a level of versatility Pruitt often has to teach his edge rushers in his 3-4 scheme. Add in his ability to guard slot receivers, and Ojulari can truly do it all.
Simply put, Tennessee football got a great pickup. Ojulari should immediately be a huge factor in Pruitt’s system, and you can bet he will be a very valuable player in the long run. His abilities already show he is in prime position to be a stat machine for the Vols in the future.