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.
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.
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.
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 toRivals.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:
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.