Will the “Big Three” unite as Tennessee Volunteers?
Brant Lawless and D’Andre Litaker are already on board as both Volunteer State defensive linemen committed in May. The key piece missing is Greg Emerson, who told InsideTennessee going to college and playing football anywhere other than shoulder to shoulder with his “brothers” is an opportunity tough to pass on.
“It would be real tough, it would be real tough, it would,” said Emerson, who ranks by Scout as the No. 1 defensive player in the Volunteer State.
“I mean we just still. We Tennessee boys, so we stick together.”
Earlier this summer, Emerson released a top 6 of Alabama, Clemson, Mississippi, Ohio State, Oregon and Tennessee.
“I’m probably just going to narrow it down on Dec. 17 or Dec. 11,” said Emerson, who plans to enroll in college in January.
The North Side (Tenn.) High School rising senior has been around Tennessee coach Butch Jones, defensive line coach Brady Hoke and area recruiter/offensive line coach Walt Wells nearly as much as any prospect in the past few months.
“They chill, they don’t ever just bring up, ‘Oh Greg, you need to commit,’ or anything with committing,” Emerson said. “They just tell you how it is.”
The Scout No. 8-ranked defensive end in the 2018 class took part in Tennessee’s Orange Carpet Day on June 17, noting that “it was more than I expected it to be.”
“I think it helps them a lot,” the Jackson native said. “Like I said, my options are always open. Coach Hoke knows how I feel about this program. Coach Jones knows, coach Wells knows, I mean the whole coaching staff knows how I feel about this whole program.
“It was fun. It was a good experience for me personally.
“They were just, you know, letting me know I’m a key to the 2018 class. I think they said we were the No. 2 class in the SEC right now. That’s a big jump for a couple kids committing to a place. It was good hanging out with the commits.”
While in town for the weekend, Emerson also spent time with current Volunteers and defensive tackles Kahlil McKenzie and Quay Picou.
Emerson, who weighed 296 pounds in late March but says he is down to 257, expects to make another trip to Rocky Top before his senior season gets underway.
“I’ll probably be around (Knoxville) probably again in the summer,” he said.