SEC to snag 4 commits next week at NIKE’s The Opening, Vols to be very happy

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Next week could be a happy one for four SEC schools hoping to land commitments when their targets are at NIKE’s The Opening camp in Oregon. It seems very possible that Tennessee, LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt could all add commitments during the elite and highly publicized showcase event. It lasts from this weekend through next Thursday, and is bringing in more than 160 of the best players in America.

In all, seven players have expressed their interest in announcing their college decisions at the event, and four are likely SEC bound.

  • The biggest catch would be Tennessee’s, if the Vols can pull it off. Five-star defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie named Tennessee his leader back in May, then announced that it’s down to the Vols and Arizona and he’ll make the decision official next week in Oregon. He is rated the No. 31 overall prospect in America.
  • Xavier Lewis wouldn’t be a huge surprise for LSU. The four-star cornerback was on board with the Tigers late last year, but backed off his commitment in early February to “look around”. Texas and Texas A&M made runs at Lewis, but it appears he’ll be back on board with the Tigers by this time next week.
  • Josh Smith would immediately move to the top of the class for Vanderbilt, should the four-star linebacker climb aboard with the Commodores as expected. He and Donovan Sheffield would give the ‘Dores two bona-fide four-star prospects and also would give Vandy two outstanding in-state talents.
  • And lastly, three-star running back A.J. Turner out of Clifton (Va.) will make his decision known, and it appears to be down to South Carolina and Virginia Tech, with the Gamecocks trending as the favorite. He is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect.


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