'25 TN ATH Daune Morris (USC commit)

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Welp, didn’t see that one coming.

Edit: Lot of time for him to realize how far southern California is from Momma.
I hope he kills it out here in LA if he stays committed.

Tennessee is on a good number of RBs. Playmakers period. And now our defense is catching up.

Not worried.
 
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He was on visit this weekend and was looking to make a spring decision. USC hired Anthony Jones Jr from TCU to coach RBs this offseason, who has the majority of his ties in the state of Tennessee. He was a guy I would've been perfectly fine with taking the MTSU job. Elite coach that was also in the mix for our RB job. Played at UTC (Daune is from Chattanooga). Coached at Cordova when Jeremy Banks was the RB there, then developed all those Memphis RBs, and then developed Kendre Miller and Emani Bailey at TCU. USC will find ways to use him. He has success with a smaller back in Darrell Henderson Jr and with a RB/slot type in Antonio Gibson. Really like the fit and makes sense.

Imho I think Tennessee needs a bigger back personally so I'm kinda hoping for Shekai Mills-Knight
 
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He was on visit this weekend and was looking to make a spring decision. USC hired Anthony Jones Jr from TCU to coach RBs this offseason, who has the majority of his ties in the state of Tennessee. He was a guy I would've been perfectly fine with taking the MTSU job. Elite coach that was also in the mix for our RB job. Played at UTC (Daune is from Chattanooga). Coached at Cordova when Jeremy Banks was the RB there, then developed all those Memphis RBs, and then developed Kendre Miller and Emani Bailey at TCU. USC will find ways to use him. He has success with a smaller back in Darrell Henderson Jr and with a RB/slot type in Antonio Gibson. Really like the fit and makes sense.

Imho I think Tennessee needs a bigger back personally so I'm kinda hoping for Shekai Mills-Knight
USC also got a commitment from Harry Dalton out of VA (a guy I raved about over a year ago)
5’11 205 ATH with 4.3 speed.

Morris and Dalton are both dynamic. Only 3 star players but high output.

I think Knight is due for a big year with Sparks and Dodson opening up the field.
Watch out for Texas later this year with Knight.
Hopefully he’s All Vol before that happens
 
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He was on visit this weekend and was looking to make a spring decision. USC hired Anthony Jones Jr from TCU to coach RBs this offseason, who has the majority of his ties in the state of Tennessee. He was a guy I would've been perfectly fine with taking the MTSU job. Elite coach that was also in the mix for our RB job. Played at UTC (Daune is from Chattanooga). Coached at Cordova when Jeremy Banks was the RB there, then developed all those Memphis RBs, and then developed Kendre Miller and Emani Bailey at TCU. USC will find ways to use him. He has success with a smaller back in Darrell Henderson Jr and with a RB/slot type in Antonio Gibson. Really like the fit and makes sense.

Imho I think Tennessee needs a bigger back personally so I'm kinda hoping for Shekai Mills-Knight
This is interesting. So our two leading RB coach candidates were Jones who has a connection with Duane and Sims who was already recruiting SMK at Cincinnati. Surely we wouldn't have hired a position coach based on the recruitment of two in-state 3-4 stars, but it's an interesting observation.
 
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USC also got a commitment from Harry Dalton out of VA (a guy I raved about over a year ago)
5’11 205 ATH with 4.3 speed.

Morris and Dalton are both dynamic. Only 3 star players but high output.

I think Knight is due for a big year with Sparks and Dodson opening up the field.
Watch out for Texas later this year with Knight.
Hopefully he’s All Vol before that happens
Mills-Knight is also healthy. He missed the first four games with injury and it was his first year away from Canada so he was still getting acclimated. You could tell he clearly just kept getting better and better every week. He’s a breakout candidate this year imo. Has a very attractive skillset once he starts lowering that pad level but that’s fixable. They’ll count on him more now with a young but very talented QB and Amari and Max gone
 
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man, Oakland is stacked every year
Trenches will be interesting. Houston b***** them up front in the state title game and they lost Jake Riggs to UTEP, their TE who was basically their RT to Liberty, and LT Kaden Mowl to Brentwood Academy. Didn’t get the DL they really wanted to transfer either so we’ll see. Skill players are loaded, especially secondary
 
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The biggest visitor next week as of now is Southern Cal commit Daune Morris. De’Rail Sims has turned up the heat on him over the last month and the Vols survived a potential flip to Auburn at the end of June. We expect the full-court press to continue next weekend as we think Tennessee has a strong shot to flip him.
-VQ
 
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Offer list is awfully strong for him to be a mid three star.

And if arguably the three best offensive coaches in the game (Huepel, Riley, and Freeze) want you in their class…. Odds are you’re gonna be good.

Seems underrated based on his interest for sure.

Hugh Freeze’s name doesn’t belong with those other 2 coaches tho!
 
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Offer list is awfully strong for him to be a mid three star.

And if arguably the three best offensive coaches in the game (Huepel, Riley, and Freeze) want you in their class…. Odds are you’re gonna be good.
For all the sh*t you give people, you’d think you could do the simple task of spelling our coach’s name right
 
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Offer list is awfully strong for him to be a mid three star.

And if arguably the three best offensive coaches in the game (Huepel, Riley, and Freeze) want you in their class…. Odds are you’re gonna be good.
Rating is never going to be really high for someone at his size but he showed at Red Bank he can be a versatile offensive weapon which has me excited about him. Obviously doesn't really get that chance in Oakland but was the best player in 6A last year so that's also a plus lol
 
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