One of the Tennessee Vols’ top 2020 recruiting targets announced his planned commitment date on Wednesday afternoon.

Four-star offensive tackle Tate Ratledge, 6-foot-6/311 lbs from Rome, GA, tweeted that he plans to decide between Tennessee and Georgia on May 13.

Ratledge is rated by 247Sports as the No. 5 player in the state of Georgia and the No. 7 offensive tackle in the nation.

According to 247Sports, Ratledge, who has visited UT three times this calendar year, will make his decision on Fox 5 Atlanta around 9:00 am et on May 13.

A key recruiting decision looms

Winning the battle for Ratledge is extremely important for Jeremy Pruitt and the Vols. UT has to start beating UGA for some top recruits if they’re going to shift the balance of power in the SEC. Plus, Ratledge grew up in Chattanooga as a fan of Tennessee and the Vols have certainly seen too many former UT fans-turned-recruits choose another school. But Georgia has been red hot lately and Bulldogs offensive line coach Sam Pittman is one of the best in the business (when it comes to coaching and recruiting). Fending off Georgia won’t be an easy task.

Tennessee has obviously made the decision difficult for Ratledge, but have they made it difficult enough that he will turn down the defending SEC East champions to wear the orange and white on Rocky Top?

It’s going to be a close call. Too close to make a prediction right now. Ratledge told 247Sports recently that he likes the direction the Volunteers are heading under Pruitt, but he also has a close relationship with Pittman.

If Ratledge were to choose Tennessee, he’d be the highest rated player, so far, in the Vols’ 2020 recruiting class (he’s rated No. 39 overall in 247Sports’ composite rankings).

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