Four-star lineman Lucas Simmons ranks Tennessee in top 12

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Four-star offensive tackle Lucas Simmons appears to put Tennessee in a good position for recruiting. The Clearwater, Fla. resident dropped his official Top 12 on Wednesday afternoon, with the Tennessee Volunteers making the cut with stiff competition.

“After careful consideration and deliberation, I am fortunate to announce that these are the 12 schools I will be focusing on for the rest of my recruitment process,” Simmons said in a post on Twitter. “#Trenchmafia”

Simmons’ Top 12 are as follows: Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Southern Cal and UCF.

According to 247 Sports, Simmons is a 6-foot-7, 300-pound, four-star tackle in the class of 2023.

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Tennessee and head coach Josh Heupel were hot on the recruiting trail last week after landing one of the top rookies in the nation. On Monday, the Vols received a commitment from five-star quarterback and the country’s fifth overall prospect Nico Yamaleava. Now, with a player like Simmons, the Vols are looking to protect their future quarterbacks on the road.

Simmons was offered a scholarship by Tennessee on January 17, 2022. Although Simmons has not recorded a visit to Knoxville since receiving a scholarship offer, his inclusion of Tennessee in his Top 12 shows the impact that Tennessee has on name value alone.

With more than 30 scholarship offers to come so far, Simmons left out a considerable amount of top talent when announcing his Top 12. Some of the programs that offered Simmons a place but didn’t Didn’t make its Top 12 include Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.

Lucas Simmons, originally from Sweden, now plays his high school ball at Clearwater Academy International in southwest Florida.

Since receiving a commitment from Yamaleava on Monday, the Vols’ class of 2023 has skyrocketed in the standings. The Tennessee class currently sits at No. 10 nationally and No. 3 in the SEC as ranked 247. Additionally, the Vols have a commitment from three-star offensive tackle Ayden Bussell, a Mount Juliet resident, Tennessee.

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