Quarterback Harrison Bailey is easily the most hyped player in the Tennessee Vols‘ 2020 recruiting class.

Of course, that’s usually how it goes. All eyes are on the quarterback. And Bailey is expected to be the savior of the Vols’ offense…at some point.

Bailey, however, actually wasn’t the highest-rated player in Tennessee’s 2020 signing class.

Defensive back Keyshawn Lawrence, a Nashville native, had the highest recruit rating among the Vols’ 2020 signees (offensive lineman Omari Thomas was second and Bailey was third).

But for whatever reason, it feels like there hasn’t been much hype surrounding Lawrence.

And there should be. Because he’s living up to his rating so far.

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Lawrence has received positive reviews for his performance during fall camp. In fact, The Athletic’s David Ubben recently wrote that Lawrence has been Tennessee’s best freshman this fall.

Ubben said Lawrence has “picked up the defense quickly and shown innate ability that will land him on the field in a hurry”.

Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 restrictions, we haven’t been able to see much of Lawrence (or any of UT’s players) this fall.

But we have seen a few clips here and there, via practice footage that Tennessee releases, including this clip of Lawrence standing up wide receiver/running back Dee Beckwith (who is 6-foot-5/220 lbs).

Lawrence is the type of player that should thrive under Jeremy Pruitt and defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley. He has great size (6-foot-2), speed, and instincts.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Lawrence is a key defensive player for the Vols in 2020. And I definitely think he’ll be the true freshman that makes the biggest impact for Tennessee this season.

Featured image via UTAD/Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


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