Tennessee needed a running back.
After missing out on a couple of its top targets, the Vols had to fill that gaping hole in their 2016 class and did so in style when Scout four-star running back and Florida native Carlin Fils-Aime pledged his verbal commitment to Tennessee Thursday.
The No. 18-rated overall running back in the 2016 class, Fils-Aime brings a versatile offensive weapon to Tennessee's backfield, one whose speed and vision should fit seamlessly into Butch Jones' offense. But with the addition of a solid running back, Jones and his staff have other needs to fill in the class and are looking to do just that in the coming months.
Tennessee looks to sign a safety and there are a couple of candidates who would automatically raise the depth in the secondary with a verbal commitment. In-state star JoeJuan Williams, a Hendersonville native, has been high on the Vols for some time now, and it helps that Tennessee was his first offer. The four-star prospect and Scout 300 member visited for Orange Carpet Day last week. Another target, Nigel Warrior, named Tennessee in his top ten July 28 and will be an intriguing recruitment to watch in the coming weeks.
Jones is undoubtedly also looking for trench players, and Tennessee has a couple of offensive and defensive tackles on its recruiting board who are highly touted and highly coveted. Five-star defensive tackle Derrick Brown has offers from dozens of elite programs and called Tennessee "electric" during a visit in June. With a bevy of successful programs vying for his talents, Brown would be an enormous bow on a much smaller Vols class in 2016.
On the offensive side, Florida's No. 1-ranked tackle, Marcus Tatum, also visited for Orange Carpet Day July 25 and came away impressed. Tatum's budding relationship with offensive line coach Don Mahoney helped put the Vols in his top eight and will play a factor in his recruitment. With Tatum on the orange carpet was fellow tackle E.J. Price, another name for Tennessee fans to watch as he trims his long list of offers after what he described as a very good visit.
Skill position players might be the most popular to fans, however, and wide receiver is another area the coaching staff will undoubtedly like to add to the upcoming class. Scout four-star Kyle Davis, the No. 1-ranked wide out in Georgia, visited Knoxville during Tennessee's invite-only event with Tatum and Williams, saying he enjoyed the atmosphere of the visit and will keep the Vols in mind during his recruitment process. Blue chip prospects like Donnie Corley, Freddie Swain and Binjimen Victor are also in play for the Vols. Diondre Overton, North Carolina's best receiver, is another name to keep an eye on as Jones and his staff continue to mine the country looking to fill position holes in 2016.