KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The early signing period for college football programs kicked off Wednesday. 

High school athletes began signing at 7 a.m. Wednesday. The signing period ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday. 

Read more: East Tennessee athletes sign letters of intent

At least 50 percent of eligible prospects are expected to sign, according to ESPN

Tennessee's Early Signees

  • Tanner Antonutti is the first signing of the 2018 class. He is from Ensworth in Nashville. The three-star offensive lineman is the 23rd-ranked player in Tennessee. Antonutti had offers from Kentucky, Austin Peay, LSU, Missouri and Mississippi State before ultimately committing to the Vols in July. 
  • Paxton Brooks was the second signee in the class. The West Columbia, South Carolina native committed to the Vols in August. The punter ranks ninth in the nation among kickers. He had offers from Army, NC State and Wake Forest. Brooks will enroll early. 
  • Gibbs High School Ollie Lane signed with the Vols. The three-star offensive lineman is 33rd in the nation. He committed to the Vols in April. He received offers from Duke, Georgia, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. 
  • Cordova High's Jeremy Banks signed with the Vols. A three-star running back and is the 24th-best running back in the country. Also, he is 17th in the state. The Offense-Defense All-American Bowl player took his official visit on Dec. 15. He had offers from Nebraska, UCLA, Iowa State and Arkansas. 
  • Cordova Highs's Jerome Carvin signed Wednesday. He is a four-star offensive tackle. He was deciding between Mississippi State, Georgia, Auburn, Memphis and Tennessee. He is the 11th-ranked player in Tennessee and ranks 25th nationally in his position. He plans to early enroll at Tennessee. 
  • Newhall, California native JT Shrout signed with the Vols. The three-star is a pro-style quarterback. He committed to Cal on June 19 but after taking an official visit to Tennessee on Dec. 15, he de-committed Tuesday. His list of offers includes Ball State, Colorado State, Hawaii and Texas Tech. He is rated as the 26th-best pro-style quarterback in the country and is the 71st-ranked player in California. 
  • Orlando native Kingston Harris signed. He is a three-star defensive lineman from IMG Academy. He committed to the Vols on Dec. 18. Harris is Jeremy Pruitt's second official commitment for the Vols. The 77th-ranked defensive tackle in the nation has elected to early enroll at Tennessee. 
  • Farragut's Jacob Warren is a three-star tight end. He has offers from Auburn, Duke, Louisville, Ole Miss, Oregon and South Carolina. Warren is the 21st-ranked player in Tennessee and the 32nd ranked tight end in the nation. Warren helped the Admirals to their first state championship in school history in 2016. Warren's father also played for the Vols as an offensive lineman. Warren plans to early enroll. 
  • Brant Lawless is out of Nashville and attended Nashville Christian School. The three-star defensive tackle ranks 2nd in Tennessee and 21st nationally for his position. Lawless committed to Tennessee on May 1st of 2018. He had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma. 
  • Four-star Greg Emerson is a defensive lineman from Jackson, Tennessee. He committed to the Vols on July 3rd after receiving offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, USC, just to name a few. He was a U.S. Army All-American and is the top tackle in Tennessee. Emerson is the 7th ranked defensive tackle in the nation and 4th ranked player in Tennessee.
  • Dominick Wood-Anderson, a four-star junior college tight end out from Spring Valley, California signed with the Vols, choosing UT over Alabama, Oregon, Auburn, and Texas, to name a few. He is the #1 ranked junior college tight end in the country and the #11 JUCO player overall.
  • Jordan Allen, a three-star junior college defensive end currently attending City College of San Francisco, committed to the Vols, choosing them over Michigan State, Nebraska, Colorado, and Utah. He had committed to TCU but decommitted on November 3. He is ranked #25 nationally.
  • Alontae Taylor actually decommitted from Tennessee on November 12th when it looked like Butch Jones' position was up in the air. The four-star wide receiver visited Georgia, Wake Forest and Louisville before deciding to recommit to the Vols. Taylor made his commitment official on December 13th. He is the 5th ranked player in Tennessee and 23rd nationally for his position. 

Five-star recruit Cade Mays, who attends Knoxville Catholic, announced he would be headed to Georgia to play football. Mays was initially committed to Tennessee, but decommitted from the Vols on Nov. 7.

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