BUFORD, Ga. — Tennessee had a number of targets perform at the Nike Opening regional Sunday.
The Vols made some news before some of the participants even got going. Jaylen McCollough came to the event in an orange Tennessee shirt. He was coming off a trip to Knoxville on Saturday.
Here are the top 5 Tennessee storylines from the event.
The Vols have made Sam Howell a priority this cycle. The Monroe, N.C., product has taken two visits to Knoxville since the new staff has taken over. He fits the profile of the type of quarterback offensive coordinator Tyson Helton wants.
Howell had a mixed bag of a performance at the camp. He left a couple of throws short in the 1-on-1 portion. The 6-foot-1, 217-pound signal caller did make his share of impressive throws, too.
Howell performs better in regular game situations.
He will continue to be Tennessee’s top quarterback target in the Class of 2019.
I was really surprised by TJ Sheffield’s performance at The Opening. He made a couple of tough catches and even got this touchdown pass from Taulia Tagovailoa.
Taulia Tagovailoa (@tauliaa12) with the long touchdown pass. 4-star CB Christian Williams in coverage pic.twitter.com/5KbXx2Sq8x
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) March 25, 2018
Sheffield hasn’t gotten much attention from the new Tennessee staff. He showed up at the event wearing an orange Tennessee beanie. There is clearly some interest from the Thompson’s Station, Tenn., native.
Perhaps his solid performance on Sunday will drum up more interest in the in-state wideout.
Jaylen McCollough, 4-star S
McCollough was coming off of a high from a visit in Knoxville.
He has good size at 6-1, 190 pounds to play safety in Coach Jeremy Pruitt’s defense. McCollough is intrigued by the thought too.
The Powder Springs, Ga., native didn’t have his best performance. The drills were more geared for cornerbacks and McCollough didn’t look comfortable pressing on the line. If there was a drill of playing the middle of the field, McCollough likely would have shined.
DJ Dale did pretty well against an offensive line group which featured some of the best prospects in the country. The Pinson, Ala., native used his surprising speed to get past some blockers.
The 6-2, 330-pound Dale visited Knoxville two weeks ago. Pruitt values size and strength at defensive tackle. Dale showed why he’s caught the coaching staff’s eye.
Justin Eboigbe has tremendous size at 6-5, 261 pounds. He blends the size with athleticism. This is why coaches across the country have been interested in the Forest Park, Ga., product.
Tennessee impressed Eboigbe enough to make his top 10 this past week. He is a priority for the coaching staff.