One of the top targets for Tennessee football announced his top schools on Thursday, and the Vols made the cut.
Five-star defensive lineman Williams Nwaneri cut his list of schools to 10. Missouri, Alabama, Oregon, Georgia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Colorado as well as Tennessee made up his top schools.
The lineman ranks as the No. 1 defensive lineman and the No. 1 prospect out of Missouri. He attends Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North High School. He racked up 43 tackles, including seven for loss and five sacks in 2021.
Nwaneri has received scholarship offers from over 30 programs. Tennessee joined the race for the No. 4 prospect nationally in October. The lone crystal ball for Nwaneri is to Oklahoma. The 6-foot-5 and 250-pound defensive lineman was last on campus in April.
247Sports’ Allen Trieu compares Nwaneri to A.J. Epenesa of the Buffalo Bills.
“Has verified size, length and testing data that is impressive for a player of his build and age. Rare change of direction and agility numbers at his size,” he writes. “Was a good young prospect as a freshman and sophomore but showed big developmental strides on the field as a junior.”
“Quickness off the ball and foot speed in pursuit were improved and those qualities of his are at a high national level. Used his hands better and when combined with his physical gifts, makes him very tough to block. Does not let offensive linemen get clean punches off on him and is able to turn himself and get skinny to help with that. Can shade inside or play on the EDGE and is going to be able to project to any defensive scheme. Based on his size, strongside end or 3-4 defensive end are where we project him although he is rare enough athlete that he can be edge pass-rusher at his size. If the development we saw between sophomore and junior year continues, he is an elite national prospect who will be an impact college player and early draft choice.”