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Recent addition to Vols' 2022 recruiting class gets 247Sports rating

One of the newest additions to Tennessee’s 2022 recruiting class was rated Friday by 247Sports and in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. Offensive lineman Savion Herringa former standout at Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY, received a three-star rating from 247Sports, but he’s now ranked among the top junior-college offensive linemen in the 2022 class.

The 6-foot-4.5, 325-pound Herring, who announced his commitment to Tennessee on June 2 and arrived in Knoxville earlier this week to begin first-session summer classes, received an 86 numerical rating from 247Sports, where he’s ranked the No. 21 overall junior-college prospect and No. 3 juco offensive lineman in the 2022 class. He’s also a three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite, where he’s ranked the No. 74 overall junior-college player and No. 6 juco interior lineman in the 2022 class.

Herring, a former standout at Irvington (NJ) High School, committed to the Vols last week just hours after he returned home following a midweek official visit to Knoxville. He also took official visits to Kansas, Syracuse, USF and Middle Tennessee before picking Tennessee over Kansas, choosing to continue his college career in the SEC.

Kentucky, South Carolina and Nebraska were among the other teams that showed interest in the Herring, who also received offers from Missouri, Iowa State, Connecticut, Akron, Toledo, Kent State, Buffalo, Temple and Old Dominion between March and May.

Herring said last week that he will have three years to play at least two remaining seasons of eligibility. He said at the time that he was petitioning for his 2019 season at Iowa Central Community College in Dodge City, Iowa, to count as a redshirt year, which could give him three remaining seasons of eligibility.

He appeared in five games last season at Monroe College, where he transferred after spending just one semester at Iowa Central. Monroe didn’t compete during the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Herring committed to Cincinnati in June 2018 going into his senior year of high school, but academics ultimately forced him to go the junior-college route.

Tennessee offensive line coach Glen Elarbee and other members of the Vols’ staff have told Herring, he said, that he’ll have an opportunity to compete for early playing time on their offensive line, where they return four of their five starters from last season.

“They said there are some positions that’s not locked down officially, so he said there are some jobs up for grabs,” he said. “(Elarbee) said it ain’t going to be easy, but I have to compete, and I said I’m with that.”

Herring said Tennessee has discussed potentially playing him at guard. But the Vols were impressed by his lengthy last week during his official visit, and he said that could allow him to get a look at tackle.

“I mean, when they were doing the measurables on me, as far as height, weight and arm length, they were surprised,” he said last week. “My arms were 85 inches, so they’re like, ‘You’ve got potential to play guard and tackle regardless of, like, the height difference because your arms are extremely long.’ He said he could put me some different places and see.

“It’s like 50-50. They don’t really know (my position) yet.”

Richard Dorceus, the former game coordinator and offensive line coach at Monroe College, told GoVols247 last week that Herring ended up “getting the opportunities that should’ve been there from the very beginning.” Herring remained unsigned after National Signing Day in February largely because of academics, Dorceus said.

Dorceus said Herring is “very strong, athletic” and “can play multiple positions” on the offensive line. Dorceus said Herring was a starter for Monroe last season when he was healthy, but “just injuries that happened” kept him out of the lineup for part of the season.

“In games for us, he played tackle and guard, and during practice he was able to play center for us — can play it all,” Dorceus said last week. “Very smart kid, very interested in being the best version of himself, willing to do all the extra work to learn the plays, and then just wants to be a player that’s starting and competing every week.”

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