It has not been a good few days for Butch Jones and Tennessee. It was learned Monday that highly-coveted class of 2017 quarterback Hunter Johnson flipped his commitment from Tennessee to Clemson. Johnson is widely regarded as the best pro-style quarterback prospect in the 2017 class.
That in particular has got to sting.
Jones and the Volunteers also learned that class of 2016 three-star defensive tackle D’Andre Christmas-Giles decommitted from the program on Sunday night.
Adam Friedman of Rivals first reported the news of Johnson’s flip from Tennessee to Clemson.
— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) December 15, 2015
The 6’3”, 197-pound Johnson from Brownsburg, Indiana is viewed as a five-star recruit according to 247 Sports. The site ranks him as the best pro-style quarterback and the 17th best overall recruit in the 2017 class. Johnson is also a U.S. Army All-American.
Meanwhile, Christmas-Giles took to Twitter to announce his decommitment, saying:
“I would like to thank Tennessee and all of (sic) there coaching staff for welcoming me to the Family and showing me love while I was committed. I will be thinking about all of my options carefully this time. I have to look into my future and do what’s best for me. I am (decommitted) and opening up my recruitment. Thanks to Tennessee and (sic) there coaching staff.”
Christmas-Giles, a 6’3”, 290-pound defensive tackle New Orleans, Louisiana (St. Augustine High School) is rated as a three-star recruit according to 247 Sports. The site ranks Christmas-Giles as the No. 438 overall prospect in the class of 2016 and the 39th-best defensive tackle in the country. Christmas-Giles is also viewed as the 21st best football player in the state of Louisiana.
With him back on the market, home-state school LSU, as well as TCU and Texas are expected to get a good look now.