Vols targets among top ATL performers

Several of the top prospects on Tennessee's recruiting board were on display last weekend in Atlanta. Sign in to read about some of the top performers.

BUFORD, Ga. — A tremendous amount of talent from several states was on display at Buford High School on Sunday.

The rain-soaked artificial surfaces didn't slow down numerous supreme athletes from showing off their ability. Here's a look at some of the Tennessee targets that showed why they could play in the Southeastern Conference down the road:

A.J. Brown

One of the better size and speed combinations of all the wideouts present at Buford High School. Defensive backs mostly attempted to bump pass-catchers at the line of scrimmage, which meant easy get off and an immediate step of separation for the 210-pound-plus Brown. Tennessee placed an offer on the table within days of the Starkville, Mississippi, native’s showing. The No. 2-ranked receiver in Mississippi already has interest from about any school in the South with whom he could ever want to sign.

Breon Dixon

A majority of the linebackers present were too stiff, too slow or not physical enough. Dixon stuck out quite a bit amongst the 2017s and had none of those issues. In one-on-one drills with running backs, Dixon did his job of squaring his shoulders up and tagging off consistently. Dixon recently named Tennessee his top school.

Luke Elder

At just under 6-feet-4, Elder doesn’t possess the length desired to play offensive tackle in the Southeastern Conference. However, he showed quality athleticism when playing the position versus some of the more athletic defensive ends in the South. If he doesn’t grow, Elder will slide inside to guard and be some muscle mass away from being a nice talent there. The Scout three-star prospect visited a late-February junior day on Rocky Top and came away impressed.

Tre Nixon

The consistently smooth Nixon made the long trek up from the Sunshine State to compete in another regional for The Opening after competing in Orlando as well. Whether he’s in the slot or out wide, the Scout four-star is going to give opposing defenses fits on the next level. Tennessee isn’t ahead of or beyond other schools in the race to land him as Nixon is still sifting through over three dozen scholarship offers.

E.J. Price

The top performing offensive lineman at the entire camp. Price did work on defenders both inside at guard and outside at tackle. It was in no way surprising that Price earned an invite to The Opening finals in Oregon in July alongside Tennessee legacy and four-star defensive back Nigel Warrior. Tennessee had been trending up with Price but Michigan entered the fold and is the clubhouse leader.

Check back with InsideTennessee soon for more recruiting news out of the trip south to the Peach State.


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