On Thursday the Tennessee Volunteers landed running back Carlin Fils-Aime in a big head-to-head recruiting battle that included North Carolina, Miami, Auburn, and Georgia down the stretch. The commitment was somewhat of a surprise after a reported announcement date set for Saturday, Aug. 1.
The Naples High School star has captured the imagination of college recruiters despite limited touches at the high school level. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound back had 92 carries for 873 yards with 15 touchdowns as a sophomore but only had 26 carries for 232 yards and three scores as a junior.
Stats did not diminish Fils-Aime’s standing pulling in offers from South Carolina, Duke, Florida, Michigan, N.C. State, Boston College, Indiana and Louisville. On Wednesday Fils-Aime announced that Tennessee was the front-runner ahead of Auburn after visiting Miami, Auburn, Georgia,and North Carolina over the summer. The 4-star recruit visited Tennessee last week, which helped seal the deal.
Tennessee won the recruiting battle in-part upon its promise to only take one running back in the 2016 class.
The Volunteers now have 14 verbal commitments to their 2016 recruiting class pulling recruits from nine different areas including Washington D.C., Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey and Tennessee.
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.