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Tennessee Football: 5 class of 2025 defensive prospects to watch for Vols

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With National Signing Day remaining uneventful for Tennessee football, it is time to look ahead to the 2025 cycle.

Tennessee has made some headway already with prospects in the class. The Vols have already landed a pair of three-star corner backs in Tyler Redmond and Dylan Lewis. Both are from Georgia.

Here’s a look at some other names to watch for Tennessee on the offensive side of the ball.

DL Ethan Utley

Ethan Utley, a four-star out of Ensworth in Nashville, has emerged as one of the top prospects on the defensive side of the ball for Tennessee. He ranks as the No. 113 prospect overall in the 2025 class and the No. 11 defensive lineman. He is out of Ensworth High School in Nashville.

Utley included Tennessee in his top schools among Syracuse, Texas, Michigan and Oklahoma. Utley was in Neyland Stadium for a pair of games in 2023.

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DL Charles House

House was one of several juniors in Knoxville for Tennessee’s junior day. It was a widely successful weekend by all account. He finished his sophomore season with 40 tackles and five sacks at North Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

House isn’t ranked yet by 247Sports and On3, but Rivals ranks him as the No. 23 prospect from North Carolina and a three-star. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder currently holds 20 scholarship offers including from Florida State and Georgia. He attended Tennessee’s matchup with Texas A&M in October.

CB Onis Konanbanny

Onis Konanbanny has visited Tennessee several times, emerging as a top target in the 2025 class. The four-star defensive back out of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, South Carolina has 32 scholarship offers.

Konanbanny ranks as the No. 261 prospect overall and the No. 28 cornerback in the class. He is originally from Europe, and North Carolina is also a top contender for Konanbanny. He was last in Knoxville for Tennessee’s matchup with Georgia.

ATH Jordan Young

The cousin of Byron Young, athlete Jordan Young is a target for the Vols on the defensive side of the ball. Young ranks as the No. 58 prospect overall and the No. 5 safety in the class by 247Sports Composite. He likely projects as a defensive back for the Vols.

Our of Monroe High School in South Carolina, Young is crystal balled to Clemson. The 6-foot, 184-pounder visited Florida State and Alabama for junior days ahead of the dead period.

S Martels Carter Jr.

One of the few prospects Tennessee is pursuing in the state of Kentucky, Martels Carter Jr. received an offer from the Vols in May 2022. He ranks as the No. 181 prospect overall and the No. 14 safety. He is also the top prospect out of Kentucky.

Arkansas, Clemson, Colorado and Florida are among some 34 schools to extend the 5-foot-11, 179-pound safety a scholarship offer.

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