Much like the coaching search that preceded it, Tennessee’s 2018 signing class has been one of several twists and turns. While the vast majority of recruiting efforts shifted toward the 2019 recruiting cycle back in February, Tennessee’s new staff has continued to put in work to help aid and bolster the 2018 class until prospects officially arrive on campus as members of the program.
After Jeremy Pruitt’s staff added a four-star 2018 prospect last week in Bryce Thompson, it appears they may have lost one this week as the status of Nashville-area native Brant Lawless is reportedly undetermined at this point. Rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 22 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 256 overall prospect in 2018 by 247Sports Composite Rankings, Lawless signed with Tennessee during the early signing period.
However, according to Austin Price of Volquest, Lawless has not enrolled at Tennessee this summer and will not do so. Lawless claims he doesn’t know why he isn’t on campus while the majority of Tennessee’s 2018 signing class has already arrived in Knoxville.
“I’m not really sure what is going on,” Lawless said to Volquest. “It’s frustrating.”
Considering Tennessee’s need for big bodies up front on defense, Lawless is listed at 6-foot-3, 285-pounds, it would seem like Lawless’ addition would be welcomed in Knoxville, but that may not necessarily be the case for whatever reason. This will be a situation worth monitoring moving forward if Lawless doesn’t end up on Rocky Top as the Nashville lineman was offered scholarships by Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma among others.
If Lawless doesn’t suit up for the Vols, he may very well suit up against them in 2018.