Vols welcome 2018 recruiting class

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The Tennessee Volunteers put the finishing touches on its 2018 recruiting class football season on National Signing Day on Wednesday. 

The Vols signed seven players on signing day to bring their total 2018 recruiting class up to 21. The Vols have the number 20 class in the nation with eight four-star and 13 three-star recruits.

All told, it's a solid first recruiting class for first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt, who was hired in early December, had only a few days to hit the recruiting trail before the early signing period.

Trevon Flowers is a three-star defensive back from Tucker, Georgia. Flowers was originally committed to the University of Kentucky to play baseball. He decided to focus on football and consequently chose to play for Tennessee over several offers, including Kentucky and Clemson. 

John Mincey is a three-star defensive lineman from Homerville, Georgia. Mincey helped Clinch County to a 12-2 record and the 2017 GHSA Class A-Public State Championship. He chose Tennessee over other offers including Auburn, Arkansas, and South Carolina.

Cedric Tillman is a three-star wide receiver from Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2017 he had 37 catches, 774 yards, and 7 touchdowns. Tillman earned both second-team NIAA All-State honors and first-team All-Southwest League honors this season. 

JJ Peterson is a four-star linebacker from Norman Park, Georgia. Peterson is ranked the number 48 overall prospect and number 3 outside linebacker in the 2018 recruiting class. He is also the highest-rated recruit in Tennessee's 2018 class. 

Brandon Davis is a three-star cornerback from  River Ridge, Louisiana. Davis ranks as the number 72 prospect in Louisiana. He recorded six interceptions in 2017. Tennessee was his only Power 5 offer.

Kurott Garland is a three-star defensive lineman from Conyers, Georgia. He is ranked the #60 strong-side defensive end in the country and the 117th player in Georgia.

Emmit Gooden, a four-star junior college defensive lineman from Brownsville, Tennessee, joins the Vols from Independence Community College. Gooden is the #17 JUCO player in country and the #7 DT

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