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Tennessee Football: 10 most important metro areas contributing to Vols’ 2023 roster

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It’s pretty clear based on their roster that Tennessee Football gets talent from all over. However, the Vols have a strong in-state base as well. Here are the 10 most important cities contributing to their roster for 2023.

10. Charlotte, N.C.

Three players on the roster hail from North Carolina’s largest city, and two are on scholarship. However, what keeps it at No. 10 on the list is, while both scholarship players have hype, they are expected to be backups this year. Daevin Hobbs and James Pearce Jr. are rising stars from here. Both ironically play on the defensive line.

9. Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.

Dayne Davis has been reliable on the offensive line in the past. Austin Lewis could still play a role on the defensive line. UCF Knights transfer Charlie Browder could factor into the rotation this year, and Will Albright has already seen action at linebacker.

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8. Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Caleb and Elijah Herring are enough for this town to be on here. Add in Andre Turrentine, who still has a chance to turn the corner in the secondary, and there are three players who are on scholarship. While none are expected to start this year, all should contribute in the future.

7. Los Angeles, Calif.

Bru McCoy hails from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and Nico Iamaleava hails from long Beach. McCoy is a go-to receiver, and Iamaleava is the backup quarterback. Raleigh-Durham, N.C., was close to this list with Jaylen Wright and Nathan Leacock, but this Southern California city the cake.

6. Miami, Fla.

Only two players are from the South Florida area, but both are starters. Joe Milton III hails from Pahokee, Fla., and Gerald Mincey hails from Fort Lauderdale. Both are transfers and figure to be major parts of the offense this year for Tennessee Football, so by themselves, they propel this area.

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5. Birmingham, Ala.

Squirrel White figures to be the star from here this year as the go-to slot receiver for the Vols. However, Khalifa Keith has just arrived and should immediately take over the power running back spot. Add in freshman Rickey Gibson III at cornerback, and the Vols have some real potential from Alabama’s largest city.

4. Nashville, Tenn.

Arion Carter’s addition in this past recruiting class along with Elijah Simmons having moved from Memphis to Nashville later in high school is all that propelled this city up here. Otherwise, the talent wouldn’t be great, with Wesley Walker the only sure bet, figuring to start at safety. Jackson Lampley and Ayden Bussell are also scholarship players from here.

3. Memphis, Tenn.

Omari Thomas and Jabari Small lead a loaded group of players from Memphis and the Memphis area on Tennessee Football. The Vols will also rely on Bryson Eason. Simmons, as we mentioned, is originally from there, and Tamarion McDonald and John Slaughter are both scholarship players from the area.

2. Knoxville, Tenn.

UT’s most irreplaceable player, Cooper Mays, hails from here, as does Jacob Warren. Tyler Baron may be their best playmaker on defense up front. Add in long snapper Matthew Salansky and utility offensive lineman Ollie Lane, and local talent will have a huge impact on this team.

1. Atlanta, Ga.

Ramel Keyton, Jaylen McCollough, Warren Burrell and Doneiko Slaughter are all projected starters from the area. Then you have Kurott Garland, Addison Nichols, Christian Charles and Joshua Josephs all expected contributors. Tennessee Football also added a wide range of talent in the 2023 recruiting class, so the Vols are loaded here.

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