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Why Ramel Keyton chose Tennessee
Tennessee had been trending in the right direction for 4-star wide receiver Ramel Keyton for a while and he made his decision public on Wednesday.
Keyton pulled the orange Tennessee hat out of a box and had “Rocky Top” playing over the loudspeakers in the gym at Marietta (Ga.) High School. It was an easy decision for the elite prospect.
“Every time I go up there, I just feel like I’m at home,” Keyton told SEC Country. “It’s just a feeling when you get up there. I like the coaches and the fans. It’s a great academic school.”
Coach Jeremy Pruitt’s ability to connect and build relationships with prospects has been impressive to this point. The Vols came close to landing a number of top prospects in the 2018 class but just didn’t have enough time in the short cycle to close the deal.
He and his staff are proving with more time, better commitments will come. The staff pushes for visits from just about every prospect they are interested in. Those visits have done a lot to impress prospects.
Keyton came to Knoxville for a junior day on March 3 and returned for the Orange and White game where he made his final decision.
“After the spring game, I kind of waited a day and I was just ready,” Keyton said. “I knew I was going to go to Tennessee.
“I let the coaches know that same day.”
The 6-foot-3, 184-pound Keyton plans to return to Knoxville over the summer. He might camp at Tennessee, and he wants to take an official visit at some point.
Keyton is excited about what Pruitt is building at Tennessee. He is intrigued by playing alongside Class of 2018 quarterback signee JT Shrout. Playing with Class of 2019 5-star tackle commit Wanya Morris helped make Tennessee more attractive, too.
Keyton chose Tennessee over Auburn; he wasn’t pursued too hard by his home state school Georgia. This was due, in part, to his lack of elite speed. Keyton does a good job of using his big frame to make up for this though. He’s also trying to turn the weakness into a strength.
“My blocking and my speed,” Keyton said. “I’m also working on my intelligence of the game. I’m working on the fundamentals.”
Pruitt is trying to build a winning culture in Knoxville. He knows he needs to bring players with a certain mindset to accomplish it. Keyton has exactly what Pruitt is looking in that regard.
“We’re going to win a championship,” Keyton said.
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