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According to multiple reports, Tennessee freshman defensive lineman Ryan Thaxton was arrested on Sunday night and charged with domestic assault and false imprisonment.

Court records allege that around 8:23 p.m. ET on Sunday Thaxton pushed his girlfriend after she refused to follow him into his room. He then allegedly carried her into his dorm room and blocked the door when she attempted to leave.

According to Jimmy Hyams of WNML Radio, Thaxton was held on $1500 bond and he is set to be arraigned on all counts on July 23rd.

Tennessee spokesperson Zach Stipe told the Knoxville News Sentinel the following:

“We are aware of the incident. … The student-athlete has been suspended from all team activities while law enforcement and the university investigates.”

Thaxton was a 3-star prospect in the Vols’ 2017 recruiting class that hails from Alexandria, Virginia. He did not play in his first year at Tennessee.


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Hour 1: Swain, Charlie, and Ben discuss SEC Media Days, Tennessee recruiting, and more.

Hour 2: Legendary college football analyst Phil Steele joins the show to discuss the Vols and the SEC at large.

Hour 3: The guys breakdown what they’re looking forward to the most during SEC Media Days.

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The Swain Event — 7/16/18 was originally published in Orange & White Report on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.



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Who: Chris Akporoghene

What: Offensive Tackle/Guard prospect in the class of 2019

Where is he from?: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida

Rivals.com rating: 4-star. No. 34 offensive tackle. No. 39 prospect in the state of Florida.

247 Sports rating: 3-star. No. 72 offensive tackle. No. 107 prospect in the state of Florida.

ESPN rating: 3-star. No. 40 offensive tackle. No. 73 prospect in the state of Florida.

On Monday, Jeremy Pruitt and Company collected another nice feather in their cap on the recruiting trail. Offensive line prospect Chris Akporoghene pledged to the Big Orange.

Akporoghene is a very intriguing prospect. He originally hails from Nigeria and he has only known about and played football for a short period of time. As a result, he is only just now starting to tap into his overall potential. Akporoghene has shot up recruiting boards and his ascent could continue in the coming football season.

247 Sports lists him at 6-foot-4 and all of 290 pounds. Rivals.com says 6-foot-5, 280 and ESPN has him pegged at 6-foot-4, 283. Any way you slice it, Akporoghene is a big dude and is a guy that could certainly fill out his frame and pack on additional pounds. He is also versatile enough to play guard or tackle at the college level.

Often times, people can get infatuated solely with recruiting rankings but another important aspect to pay attention to is the number of legitimate scholarship offers a recruit possesses. Akporoghene has north of 30 offers from programs around the nation.

He currently holds offers from the likes of: Oregon, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Texas, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Washington, Mississippi State and South Carolina and they all want him for good reason.

Check out Akporoghene’s tape and you’ll see a player who’s rough around the edges but who has the size and ability to eventually fit in well with a smashmouth SEC offensive line…

The Oregon Ducks were perceived to be Tennessee’s biggest competition to get Akporoghene’s commitment. Pruitt and crew were extremely persistent, recruiting him as one of their top priorities in the 2019 class.

The Volunteers now have commitments from a set of stud offensive linemen including blue chips Jackson Lampley and Wanya Morris along with Akporoghene. Clearly, the o-line is a big priority for the coaching staff, and their efforts are paying dividends so far.

If he meets his potential, Akporoghene is a guy that could end up being a monster in the trenches for Tennessee and his addition makes the future of the Vols offensive line even brighter.


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On Monday afternoon, four-star offensive lineman Chris Akporoghene from IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL announced that he is committing to Tennessee. The commitment gives UT its fourth offensive lineman in the 2019 class and its 13th commitment overall.

He made his announcement via a Twitter video…

My decision....... https://t.co/UraxLnUJYy

 — @yomzking

Thank you God for the blessings upon my life....#VFL 🍊🍊🍊

 — @yomzking

Akporoghene, who stands 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, is the No. 34 OL in the nation and No. 39 overall in the Sunshine State, according to Rivals.com.

In addition to the Vols, Akporoghene has standing offers from Florida, Michigan, Auburn and Oregon, among others. UT currently holds the No. 19 recruiting class in America for 2019 and this addition adds even more beef to an already stacked offensive line class.

Take a look at some pass protection work from Akporoghene:


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Hour 1: Swain and Charlie talk about yet another spat with the incorrigible Dan Wolken and they discuss the mentality of Tennessee fans going into the coming season.

Hour 2: The guys discuss comments from Chris Lofton and they debate who could end up representing Tennessee at SEC Media Days.

Hour 3: Who should represent the Vols at SEC Media Days? The guys try to answer this question and more during hour 3.

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Hour 1: Swain, Charlie, and Brad talk a little Vols recruiting and they discuss the ridiculousness of Paul Finebaum being pursued by the Big Ten Network.

Hour 2: The guys discuss the status of highly touted signee JJ Peterson and they answer listener calls and questions.

Hour 3: Tennessee basketball legend Chris Lofton comes in studio to talk about the upcoming skills camp he’s hosting for kids in Knoxville and Chris recounts so of his favorite memories from his time at UT.

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Hour 1: Swain, Charlie, and Brad take listener calls, discuss the Warriors’ latest ridiculous move, and they talk about some of their July 4th misadventures.

Hour 2: The guys debate who has bragging rights when one team wins during the regular season, but the other team achieves more overall.

Hour 3: Dead End BBQ’s George Ewart joins the show to give his tips for cooking and barbecuing on July 4th and to recount his memories of John Ward visiting his restaurant.

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Hour 1: Swain, Charlie, and Ben talk about Swain’s memories of CJ Fayton before welcoming to the show and they discuss Arkansas’s meltdown in the College World Series.

Hour 2: Former Vol wide receiver and director of VFL programming CJ Fayton joins the show to discuss his new post at UT and how he got there.

Hour 3: The guys give a giant For What?! to Jameis Winston and the NFL and they continue talking about the Vols.

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The Swain Event — 6/29/18 was originally published in Orange & White Report on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.



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Hour 1: Swain, Charlie, and Brad discuss last night’s celebration of the life of John Ward.

Hour 2: The guys discuss Tennessee’s newest quarterback commit and when Jeremy Pruitt will be getting more prospects in the fold.

Hour 3: More recruiting discussion and the guys take listener calls.

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The Swain Event — 6/28/18 was originally published in Orange & White Report on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.