Winning football games in the SEC without elite speed is a tall task, which is why the Tennessee Vols have made adding speed a vital part of their recruiting efforts under Jeremy Pruitt.

On Saturday, the Vols added another speedy recruit to their commit list after 2020 running back Ebony Jackson committed to Tennessee.

Jackson, 6-foot-1/205 lbs from Marietta, GA, is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 42 player in the state of Georgia and the No. 32 running back in the nation.

The Georgia native committed to the Vols over offers from East Carolina and Ole Miss.

Jackson, who was offered by Tennessee in February, is also a track star who runs the 100 meter in 10.57 seconds.

According to 247Sports, Jackson met with track and field coaches while on his visit to Tennessee this past weekend. The newest Vol commit started running track in eighth grade and told 247Sports “I definitely want to do both”. Jackson won a state track championship as a sophomore in high school.

Jackson might not be one of the nation’s highest rated players, but he has the potential to be special. His size/speed combination is incredibly rare. When folks think of fast running backs, they typically don’t think of guys who measure 6-foot-1.

The commitment of Jackson to Tennessee might not generate a ton of buzz among Vol fans, but he could end up being one of the most underrated recruits in UT’s 2020 recruiting class.

Speed is king in the SEC and the Volunteers certainly added a speedster on Saturday.

Featured image via Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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