How Vols can land elite recruiting class

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Tune into the The Extra Point Signing Day special tonight at 7:00 P.M.

As it stands Tuesday, Tennessee boasts the 14th-best recruiting class in the nation.

That's all well and good, but the Vols are gunning to add more talent to Coach Jeremy Pruitt's first full recruiting class.

It starts with keeping the committed talent in the boat, then adding to that foundation.

Keep in mind - the VolQuest.com team and Rick Russo will bring comprehensive coverage of Signing Day at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 on WVLT. That'll be your headquarters for all things Big Orange that day.

Let's start with a look at the top offensive players in the 2019 class.

Wanya Morris, OL
Rivals rating: 4 stars
Need to know:
Morris is a hard commit to the Vols, and the crown jewel of this recruiting class. There's a whole lot to love about the 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman. He's the future at a premium position where Tennessee severely needs depth. He's enrolling early, with the intention of getting meaningful reps in spring practice. Expect him to make an impact early at the tackle position.

Chris Akporoghene, OL
Rivals rating: 4 stars
Need to know:
A critically important piece in the foundation of sustained success, the former King's Academy standout has played an important role in bringing some of the top names in the recruiting class for visits to Tennessee (Nolan Smith, Noah Cain, etc.)

Brian Maurer, QB
Rivals rating: 3 stars
Need to know:
The quarterback of the future at Tennessee, Maurer set records in his senior season, throwing for more than 3500 passing yards and 35 touchdowns.

Ramel Keyton, WR
Rivals rating: 4 stars
Need to know:
Keyton, a Marietta (Ga.) star, is the only commit the Vols currently have at this skill position. His teammate, quarterback Harrison Bailey, is committed to the Vols' 2020 class.

Top defensive players:

Savion Williams, DT
Rivlals rating: 4 stars
Need to know:
The junior college prospect from Scranton, Pennsylvania will be a key cog in the Vols' defensive line come 2019. Tennessee is losing four of its six linemen to graduation. Playing time abounds.

Warren Burrell, DB
Rivals rating: 4 stars
Need to know:
An elite defensive back prospect, Burrell may be the first of a treasure trove of DB prospects (see: Taylor, Alontae and Thompson, Bryce) to make an impact in 2019.

Aaron Beasley, ATH
Rivals rating: 3 stars
Need to know:
It's unclear whether Beasley, another DB prospect, will sign this month or in February. But he let reporters know he is all-in at Tennessee. He just won the 2A state championship game in Georgia with Heard County HS.

Jaylen McCollough, DB
Rivals rating: 4 stars
Need to know:
The Under Armor All-American plans to enroll early.


Guys to get on board, either now or in February:

Darnell Wright
Rivals rating: 5 stars
Need to know:
Wright took an unofficial visit to Tennessee this past weekend. The West Virginia native, who's also entertained offers from the likes of Alabama and Ohio State, is not committed to any school right now. Our partners at VolQuest think he may wait until February to make a decision, but as of right now, the Vols are trending upward for his services. He would make an immediate impact at offensive tackle, alongside Morris.

Eric Gray, RB
Rivals rating: 4 stars
Need to know:
All signs point to Gray making some sort of decision Thursday. The Lausanne HS (Memphis) product and former Michigan commit was among the host of elite prospects visiting Rocky Top this past weekend.

Quavaris Crouch, ATH
Rivals rating: 4 stars
Need to know:
Crouch was, for the longest time, projected to wind up at Clemson. Sources also say Crouch would prefer to play at linebacker than running back, which would give co-defensive coordinators Kevin Sherrer and Chris Rumph another elite piece to work with in 2019, alongside 2018 blue-chipper JJ Peterson.

Henry To’oto’to, LB
Rivals rating: 4 stars
Need to know:
He likely won't be signing until February. The guy with the coolest name in the class has offers from all across the country, from California to Alabama. He's visited Washington and Utah.