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Vols commit Cory Thomas, en route to Starkville this weekend, among a few prospects UT trying to keep in fold


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — When Cory Thomas verbally committed to Tennessee in November, he wasn’t quite ready to close the door on Mississippi State.

MSU coaches, in turn, have never relented in their recruitment of the three-star strong-side defensive end from McAdory High School in suburban Birmingham, Ala.

Thomas will visit MSU this weekend, but is slated to finish the recruiting season next weekend in Knoxville. Despite being verbally committed to UT, many prognosticators expect him to eventually end up in Starkville.

In interviews, Thomas has expressed concern about the size of UT’s class and the number of defensive lineman the Vols plan to sign. At 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Thomas is listed as a strong-side end, but could easily move up to tackle now or in the future. UT coaches will undoubtedly try to impress upon the Thomas their need for big linemen on defense.

Who else must UT keep a close eye on in the final two weeks?

Dewayne Hendrix, another strong-side end, is scheduled to visit Missouri this weekend. Normally UT might win a head-to-head battle with Mizzou, but Hendrix is from O’Fallon, Ill., just outside of St. Louis, which is only a two-hour drive from Missouri.

Finally, there’s Gavin Bryant, a Jackson, Ala., native who has also received interest from in-state Alabama and Auburn. Despite those schools’ history of stealing in-state prospects at the last minute, Bryant visited Knoxville last weekend and pronounced himself fully committed to the Vols.

Here’s a list of UT’s current verbal commitments.

Gavin Bryant is 2nd linebacker, 1st Alabamian in Vols’ 2014 class

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Linebacker Gavin Bryant‘s commitment brings Tennessee’s 2014 class back up to 16 commitments, and it also gives the Vols their first player from Alabama.

Bryant is from Jackson, in the southern part of the state and a seven-hour drive from Knoxville, which means the Vols could face intense competition from Alabama and Auburn between now and National Signing Day, especially if Bryant has a big senior season.

For now Bryant is in the fold as the second linebacker commitment of 2014, a position at which the Vols could add as many as five or six new players.

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