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Vols in top five for four-star DE

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Tennessee is among the favorites for one of its top defensive-line targets in the 2019 class.

Four-star defensive end Justin Eboigbe of Forest Park (Ga.) High School announced his top five college choices Monday on his Twitter account, and the Vols are one of the teams at the top of his list, along with Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia.

The 6-foot-4.5, 263-pound Eboigbe visited Tennessee for the first time on Feb. 3, during the final weekend before National Signing Day for the 2018 class, and has been high on the Vols since then.

Eboigbe told 247Sports’ John Garcia Jr. last week that Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee were the teams recruiting him hardest.

He said last month that he had been talking with first-year Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt’s staff “every other day” since getting a scholarship offer from Tennessee in late January.

“(I am) talking with (Vols defensive line) coach (Tracy) Rocker, my position coach, and having a good relationship with him, establishing a relationship and talking with different types of coaches on the coaching staff that wants me to come up there,” Eboigbe told GoVols247 last month.

After his visit to Tennessee earlier this year, he said the Vols told him they envisioned him lining up at multiple positions in their defense.

“They talked about being able to play defensive end in some situations and play outside linebacker in pass-rushing situations, because I can stand up in a two-point stance,” Eboigbe said. “And sometimes, in a 3-4, they can see me playing inside the tackle, which is something I’ve done before, so it’s nothing new.”

Despite already having identified a group of favorites, he doesn’t appear to be rushing to decide on a college. He told 247Sports last week that he’s hoping to take his official visits this fall before making his choice.

“I plan on making my decision after my senior season,” Eboigbe said.

He’s ranked the No. 107 overall prospect and No. 7 strongside defensive end in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite for the 2019 class. He’s also ranked by 247Sports as the No. 146 overall player and No. 9 strongside defensive end in the 2019 class.

The 247Sports Crystal Ball points to Georgia and Auburn as the favorites to land Eboigbe, with the home-state Bulldogs and the Tigers each getting one prediction for him.

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