The Monday Mailbag

You ask the questions. We answer them. Everyone goes home happy.

If you had to pick only one of the remaining top targets for the Vols to land, who would it be? — NorthBamaVol

Let's go big here. Real big. Perhaps the biggest gem of the class and the most famous man named Jonathan since Jonathan Taylor-Thomas was breaking teenage girls' hearts on Home Improvement. Jonathan Kongbo is my prediction as the biggest top target for Tennessee to land. While it's certainly not set in stone, and this is purely a guess, Kongbo's early affinity for the Vols has never really gone away, and he's put Butch Jones' program in his top four with USC, Florida State and Ole Miss. The Scout five-star defensive end visited the Trojans over the weekend and they gave him the celebrity treatment despite coming in late, which could sway his decision. But Tennessee's staff has been on the Arizona Western star since early in his recruitment, and new defensive coordinator Bob Shoop made the trip out to the The Grand Canyon State with defensive line coach Steve Stripling to visit with Kongbo last week. The duo will have to do an unbelievable job of keeping the most coveted junior college prospect in the country, but if they're able to survive this late surge by USC, Tennessee has a fantastic opportunity to lock Kongbo up and make him a Vol once more after he de-committed earlier in his recruitment process.  

In your opinion, who are the underrated diamonds in the rough in this recruiting class that might really surprise Vol nation? —COOPDOGG4

We all know there's always one or two guys in a signing class who surprises everyone. There are undoubtedly a few in Tennessee's 2016 class who can do just that, but with how solid this group of players has become, it's hard to call anyone truly underrated. My mind immediately goes to offensive lineman Marcus Tatum, whos' the type of long and athletic tackle Butch Jones has come to love in his offensive scheme. Tatum was a three-star for the longest time before being bumped up to a four recently, and his pass protection skill set makes him a viable weapon. I wouldn't necessarily call the No. 1-ranked OT in Florida's 2016 class underrated, but he's a guy who might get overshadowed by big names like Kongbo, Ryan Johnson (who's been a four star for a while) or Landon Dickerson. Corner Marquill Osborne is another guy I could see surprising some folks. The Scout three-star is extremely athletic and he was basically thrown away from the entire second half of the Under Armour All-America Game. He has good recovery speed and doesn't mind being physical or making a big tackle.

Best guess (with all the info you have gathered) who will be the remaining 3-4 commits? — volheart

I'm going to be wrong about this because being wrong is my thing. I'm like Mike Carey whenever CBS brings him on to analyze a big call during a game. He says something, it's always wrong, and Twitter explodes with jokes about how terrible he is at predicting the correct call. Only you're not allowed to do that to me. It's in the rules of InsideTennessee I just made up. With that being said, I see three more players being taken in Tennessee's 2016 class. I'll do my best to take a guess with one being obvious since you just read about it 13 seconds ago: 

1. Scout five-star defensive end Jonathan Kongbo 

2. Scout five-star safety Nigel Warrior 

3. Scout four-star offenisve lineman Landon Dickerson 

That's my guess. If it's wrong, you have permission to pie me in the face next time you see me (I like lemon meringue). 

Who will be our first commit for 2019? — TeeTime

Go read a book, Tee.


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