Ahmmon Richards’ decision to not visit Tennessee this weekend can’t be seen as good news. However, it could have been much worse.
Richards, a four-star receiver from Wellington High School (West Palm Beach, Fla.), announced his decision via Twitter on Thursday evening. The declaration would have been seen as disastrous just a week ago.
Now, the Vols can cope with the change in plans after receiving a much-needed commitment from four-star athlete Marquez Callaway from Warner Robins (Ga.) High School on Jan. 21. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound wideout took some pressure off of the Vols when he committed to Tennessee before scheduled official visits to Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Richards is the second high-profile receiver to cancel an official visit shortly before he was set to be on Tennessee’s campus. Four-star receiver Mykel Jones from Patterson (La.) High School also did not take his official visit to Tennessee last weekend as previously planned. Jones is being recruited by Alabama and Ole Miss. Richards is being recruited by Alabama, Auburn and Miami.
For an optimistic Tennessee fan, there’s reason to believe there are some scholarships that are silently spoken for. For a pessimistic fan, there’s cause for concern that two highly-touted receivers have canceled official visits in consecutive weeks.
Either way, it appears the die could be cast for Tennessee’s 2016 receiver class. If the Vols do, indeed, sign another receiver, then Latrell Williams seems the most likely option. The three-star receiver from Columbia High School (Lake City, Fla.) committed to Miami earlier this month but took an official visit to Tennessee last weekend.