Tennessee football: Vols make cut for two four-star 2021 Mid-Atlantic defenders

Wednesday was a huge day for Tennessee football trends. The Volunteers made the cut for two four-star defenders from Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Jeremy Pruitt is making sure he pushes Tennessee football into the Mid-Atlantic region for top-notch recruits, and he was able to have the Vols trending for two of them on Wednesday. Rocky Top made the cut for a four-star from the Washington, D.C. area and a four-star from Philadelphia. Both are 2021 prospects.

It started Wednesday evening with inside linebacker Greg Penn, who comes from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. Ranked as a top 100 player nationally, the No. 5 player at his position and the No. 5 player in the state of Maryland, Penn, who is listed at 6’1″ 217 pounds, put the Vols in his top six schools.

Along with Tennessee football, Penn is looking solely at the SEC except for the Maryland Terrapins. The other four schools are the Alabama Crimson Tide, LSU Tigers, South Carolina Gamecocks and Texas A&M Aggies. He announced his list on Twitter.

After Penn, the Vols got even more good news from an edge rusher later that night. They made the cut for 6’2″ 320-pound Elijah Jeudy, a weakside defensive end who hails from Northeast High School in Philadelphia. Ranked a top 200 player, the No. 7 player at his position and the No. 8 player in the state of Pennsylvania, Jeudy put UT in his top five.

In addition to the Vols, other schools that made the cut for Jeudy included the Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Oregon Ducks and Texas A&M Aggies. Jeudy, like Penn, also announced that he had his trimmed list on Twitter.

Right now, Tennessee football has as good a chance as anybody to land both prospects. There are no favorites for either prospect on the Rivals Future Cast or the 247Sports Crystal Ball. The Penn State Nittany Lions were a favorite on the Rivals Fan Future Cast for both by a plurality, but they didn’t make the cut for either.

As a result, Vol fans should be thrilled about the position they are in with both prospects. They have connections to both areas, as Kasim Hill and Savion Williams both come from D.C. as well, and Romello Edwards and Jahmir Johnson both come from Philadelphia. So there’s a great chance they could land both, and it’s great news for them that they made the cut.