Riverdale High School (Riverdale, GA) strong-side defensive end Chidi Okonya announced via Twitter on Sunday night that he has decided to decommit from Tennessee and will re-open his recruitment.
“After careful consideration, I am de-committing myself from the University of Tennessee,” he wrote. “I thank the Vol Nation and staff for their support.”
Okonya (6-foot-7, 230 lbs.) is a four-star prospect and the No. 15 player at his position, according to 247Sports. In 18 career games at the high school varsity level, he produced 59 tackles (55 solo and 2.0 for loss) and 5.0 sacks, adding two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal (per MaxPreps). He reportedly runs a 5.08 40-yard dash and a 4.71-second shuttle run.
In addition to Tennessee, Okonya has offers from California, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Missouri, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Wisconsin, and many others. According to his 247Sports “crystal ball,” he could land with either Duke or Georgia.
With the news of Okonya’s decommitment, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones’ 2016 class drops to 16 hard commits, headlined by four-star quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, four-star outside linebacker Daniel Bituli, and four-star defensive end Jonathan Kongbo. It currently ranks 19th nationally and 8th in the SEC, according to 247Sports’ team rankings.