National Signing Day isn’t quite as exciting these days thanks to the new early signing period in December, but there are still a few surprises here and there for programs.
On Wednesday, the Vols landed previously uncommitted four-star athlete Dee Beckwith.
The 6-foot-5/220 lb Alabama native is rated by 247Sports as the No. 14 player in the state of Alabama and the No. 19 athlete in the nation.
Tennessee beat out Florida for Beckwith’s signature.
Beckwith is a diverse athlete that can be used in some unique ways in Jim Chaney’s offense.
The four-star athlete, who also plays basketball, is extremely athletic for his size. He’ll likely play a lot of tight end for Tennessee, but he could be used as more of a hybrid tight end/wide receiver type of player. Beckwith could present some serious matchup issues for opposing SEC defenses.
Beckwith, who played quarterback in high school, could also play on the defensive side of the ball, though it seems more likely that Tennessee will choose to utilize him on the offensive side of the ball.
I think the best way to describe Beckwith is the tight end/wide receiver version of Cam Newton. He’s going to be faster than most tight ends and he’s going to be harder to tackle than most wide receivers.
In other words, he has the potential to be a nightmare for opposing SEC defenses.
National Signing Day might not have the same luster it used to have, but Vol fans should be very excited about this signing day addition.
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