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Emerson Signs with UT, Becomes Highest-Rated Signee So Far

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In a recruiting class full of ups and downs and decommitments and choice-flipping, Greg Emerson stayed pretty firm through it all.

The Jackson, Tennessee, native signed with the Vols on Wednesday after being committed to the orange and white since early July. A change in coach didn’t factor too much into Emerson’s choice. If anything, he might be more excited. New coach Jeremy Pruitt has coached his fair share of elite defensive linemen, and Emerson could be the next.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman played both as a defensive end and tackle, and ranks him as the No. 114 overall player and No. 7 defensive tackle in the country.

A good word to accurately describe Emerson is “explosive.” Everything he does is with it purpose — whether it’s running a defensive player downfield on a block, charging the quarterback, or playing back on a short pass, Emerson is everywhere on the field.

The good news for Tennessee is that he’s athletic enough to have success anywhere on the defensive line. On top of that, his football instincts are sharp, too. A handful of his highlights show his ability to “stay home” on screen plays, put his hands up as quarterbacks are throwing passes and simply being in the right place at the right time. He’ll need to bulk up some as a defensive tackle, but the future is bright for one of the best prospects in the Vols’ 2018 class.

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