The Tennessee Vols didn’t have room to do much on National Signing Day, but they still managed to make some noise.
Tennessee signed 21 players during the early signing period, leaving them with only a couple of spots on National Signing Day.
The Vols had two big targets on what’s now the “late signing day” and they managed to land both of them.
Four-star wide receiver Malachi Wideman and four-star athlete Dee Beckwith both signed with Tennessee, giving the Vols their first Top 10 class under Jeremy Pruitt.
As a result of their strong finish to the 2020 recruiting cycle, Rivals.com named Tennessee as one of their big winners of the February signing day (along with Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt).
Here’s what Rivals said about Tennessee’s National Signing Day efforts:
Jeremy Pruitt and the Vols did not have too much room for additions, but they did had a couple of major targets left, and they landed both. It started with Dee Beckwith, a versatile athlete in Alabama that announced for Tennessee over Florida. That was expected. Then the battle that went on well into the afternoon was between Tennessee and Ole Miss, both working hard to flip Malachi Wideman from Florida State This one went back and forth for days leading up to Signing Day, but then Tennessee closed the deal and landed the Rivals100 wide receiver. It was a strong finish for Pruitt and his staff.
Interestingly enough, a couple of Tennessee’s rivals were named as losers on National Signing Day.
Alabama, Florida and Ole Miss were the three schools that Rivals.com said “lost the day” on National Signing Day.
But don’t feel too bad for those programs — Alabama finished with the No. 2 ranked recruiting class and Florida finished with the No. 8 recruiting class (per 247Sports).
Alright, maybe you can feel a little bad for Ole Miss — the Rebels finished with the No. 39 ranked recruiting class.
Then again, I doubt any Tennessee fans are feeling too bad for Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss.
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