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No. 1 Prospect in Class of 2016 Emmit Gooden Decommits from UT

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Emmit Gooden felt the pressure to commit early in the recruiting process.

So Gooden, the Haywood County defensive end (6-3, 265) the No. 1 recruit in the state of Tennessee in the Class of 2016 according to, did just that in February committing to Tennessee after attending the Vols Junior Day.

But two months later, Gooden has reopened his recruiting process as he has decommitted from Tennessee.

Gooden took to Twitter and thanked the Tennessee coaches for recruiting him during the process.

"Just want to take the time to thank all the Tennessee coaching staff for all they have done for me it's been a good one," Gooden tweeted.

Despite the tweet thanking the UT coaches, the Vols are still in the hunt to land Gooden.

"Emmit feels that he committed too early and he needs to see all opportunities in the recruiting process," Haywood County head football coach Ernie Jackson said.

Gooden currently has interest from Tennessee, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Auburn, Florida State, UCLA and Nebraska.

Gooden was a terror for opposing offenses during his sophomore year at Haywood County as he tallied 70 tackles in which 32 were for loss and nine sacks on his way to being named all state and the district 15-AA Defensive player of the year.

"He has a huge upside and has a terrific motor," Jackson says. "Emmit never gives up on a play."

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