Tennessee football: Vols make cut for five-star 2021 Virginia Beach CB

Recruiting continues to show positive trends for Tennessee football. The Volunteers are in the top eight for Virginia Beach, Va. cornerback Tony Grimes.

The same day that news came out of them being in the lead by a lot with a four-star wide receiver from Georgia, Tennessee football made the cut for an elite cornerback out of Virginia. So the Vols were trending upward at the skill positions.

Virginia Beach, Va. 2021 cornerback Tony Grimes, who came out of Princess Anne High School, put Rocky Top is in his top eight. Ironically, the Vols weren’t in his top 13, so they actually made the later cut after missing the first cut.

Joining Tennessee football are the Clemson Tigers, Virginia Cavaliers, Texas A&M Aggies, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, North Carolina Tar Heels and Georgia Bulldogs. A five-star on Rivals, Grimes announced his list on Twitter.

At 6’1″ 180 pounds, Grimes is the No. 13 ranked player nationally and the No. 1 ranked player at his position and in the state of Virginia. So he is an elite prospect, and the Vols would score big if they could land him.

Right now, three of their nine commitments are defensive backs, and all are three-stars: Edwin White, Nate Evans and Jay Jones. Elijah Howard, a three-star athlete, could be a fourth since he can play the position.

One thing that may work in UT’s favor is the fact that Evans is also from Virginia Beach. He comes out of Cox High School, but that connection may be something. Clearly Jeremy Pruitt is working that region hard.

According to the Rivals Future Cast, however, Georgia is a unanimous favorite to land Grimes. the Dawgs are a favorite by a plurality to land him on the Rivals Fan Future Cast. Meanwhile, four of six Crystal Ball predictions have him going to UGA, with another having him going to Texas A&M and the other having him pick the Virginia Tech Hokies, who didn’t make the cut.

Simply put, Georgia is the overwhelming favorite to land Grimes right now, but Tennessee football already pulled off an upset by getting into his top eight after not being in his top 13. As a result, pay attention to how much more headway they make with him.