Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Check out previous editions here. In this edition, we discuss Tennessee and an important commitment announcement on Wednesday.
Who is committing?
Tennessee will be awaiting the commitment announcement of Class of 2019 4-star wide receiver Ramel Keyton on Wednesday. He is scheduled to announce his decision at 2:45 p.m. ET.
The 6-foot-3, 186-pound Keyton plays for Marietta (Ga.) High School. He had 59 receptions for 1,294 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, according to MaxPreps.
He’s got great instincts on the football field for being so young and excels at out-positioning defenders. He’ll likely only get better with coaching at the college level and as he gets bigger.
Who is in play?
Tennessee primarily is battling Auburn for Keyton’s commitment.
Keyton visited Auburn most recently on May 5. Sometimes the final visit is enough to sway a prospect, or it helps him to make sure the decision he made is the right one.
He traveled to Knoxville on April 21. He has been one of the top wide receiver targets in the class for the Volunteers.
What Ramel Keyton thinks of Tennessee
“The fans are way better,” Keyton told SEC Country. “Way better. They [are] more involved and everything. I really like when I go up there. It’s just a family feel, and I feel like I belong there and stuff, and the coaches, they really want to win and stuff, so I feel like in the next couple years, they’re gonna be a championship-caliber team.”
What would a commitment mean for Tennessee?
It would continue the momentum the Volunteers have picked up on the recruiting trail. A Keyton commitment would mean another win over Auburn.
Tennessee has beaten out the Tigers for 5-star tackle Wanya Morris and 3-star tight end Sean Brown in the past few weeks. Coach Jeremy Pruitt could prove the Volunteers are taking a step above the Tigers on the trail with another recruiting win.
There would be a long way to go to catch Alabama or Georgia. Passing Auburn just six months onto the job would be an impressive feat for Pruitt, though.
Tennessee doesn’t have any commitments from wide receivers in the 2019 class. The Vols want bigger wideouts who can block and provide a vertical threat to open up the running game. Keyton certainly fits both categories.
Something else to keep an eye on is Keyton’s high school quarterback. The Volunteers have recruited Class of 2020’s Harrison Bailey. He’s a pro-style quarterback who seems to fit what offensive coordinator Tyson Helton is looking for at the position.
Adding Keyton could improve where the Vols stand with Bailey.
Where Tennessee class stands
The Volunteers hold six commitments and have the No. 33 class in the country, according to the 247Sports team rankings. This is also good enough for No. 10 in the SEC.
There is no reason to panic about the low SEC ranking.
Expect Tennessee to rise up these rankings as the class fills out. Tennessee is in good shape for a number of top prospects, and its not clear how many players the Volunteers will take this cycle. I believe it’ll be around 20 and won’t be the full 25.
Pruitt and his staff have been aggressive with a select few prospects to this point. The camps in June will help them to re-evaluate the class and set priorities over the next few months.
How can I follow along?
Keyton will choose Tennessee on Wednesday. The Vols have been trending that way for a while, and I don’t believe Auburn was able to unseat them on his last trip to The Plains.
Pruitt keeps the momentum recruiting going with another big win.
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