Four-star prospect steps back from Tennessee commitment

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Emmit Gooden may still end up at Tennessee, or maybe he won’t. The four-star defensive end has decided to remove himself from the ranks of the committed.

The class of 2016 four-star defensive end had been on board with the Volunteers for the past three months, but posted a statement about his recruiting status on Facebook. He is stepping back from his commitment to Tennessee, and will check out other schools. He has gained quite a bit of interest from other schools since his very early commitment to the Vols.

“I just want to explore my options,” Gooden texted back to Saturday Down South, when asked about the change.

He is the No. 1 prospect in Tennessee for his class.

“It was a nice one Tennessee. I want to thank all the coaching staff, players,and fans for the support system they have supplied me with these past months. After talking to my family and coaches I want to step back and enjoy my recruitment. It’s no hard feeling towards Tennessee but I’m looking out for what’s best for me.”

Gooden is the 17th member of either the 2015 or 2016 class to decommit from an SEC school.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.

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