Vols: Jerome Carvin, Jeremy Banks of Cordova sign with Tennessee in boost for Jeremy Pruitt

Jerome Carvin to Tennessee By John Varlas/The Commercial Appeal

(Photo: Yalonda M. James/The Commercial Appeal)

Jeremy Pruitt is starting to get his fingerprints on his first signing class at Tennessee.

Wednesday marks the start of college football’s new 72-hour early signing period for high school seniors. Many of the expected signees for the Vols during this early period are holdover commitments from Butch Jones’ tenure.

But a pair of Pruitt pickups became the story of the morning.

Cordova teammates Jerome Carvin, a four-star offensive lineman, and Jeremy Banks, a three-star running back, each announced for Tennessee during a signing ceremony at their high school. They were previously uncommitted.

Carvin became one of Tennessee’s top prizes of the early signing period. Physically, he looks ready to contend for playing time, especially given the Vols’ struggles up front in 2017.

December 20, 2017 – Cordova football player Jeremy Banks (running back) poses for photos during National Early Signing Day at Cordova High School on Wednesday morning. Banks signed a national letter of intent to play for the University of Tennessee.

Carvin picked the Vols over Mississippi State, Florida, Auburn and UCLA. His other offers included Memphis, where his high school coach, Anthony Jones Jr., is now an assistant. His play at left tackle helped Cordova average 478 yards of offense.

Banks was a big piece of that offensive production. He rushed for 1,941 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2017, with a lot of his work coming between the tackles.

Banks chose UT over Nebraska, UCLA, Mississippi and Iowa State. And, like Carvin, he had a Memphis offer.

As of 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Vols class has five signees. Carvin and Banks joined three-star offensive lineman Tanner Antonutti, three-star offensive lineman Ollie Lane and three-star punter Paxton Brooks.

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