The Tennessee Vols started National Signing Day by landing a signature from four-star athlete Dee Beckwith.
Not long after Beckwith signed, the Vols received some more good news, landing four-star wide receiver Malachi Wideman over Ole Miss and Florida State (where he was committed).
Wideman, who is also a standout basketball player, is rated by 247Sports as the No. 20 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 19 player in the state of Florida.
I think this might be one of the Vols’ most important signings of the 2020 recruiting period.
Wideman, 6-foot-5/200 lbs, provides Tennessee with an extremely athletic deep threat who can stretch the field. He’ll also be a good red zone replacement for Marquez Callaway.
The Florida native is described by 247Sports as an “effortless leaper with true ball skills”.
247Sports also noted that Wideman has “ideal red-zone and deep threat ability” and could have a pro career in either football or basketball.
Wideman is essentially a perfect fit in Jim Chaney’s offensive system.
Championships are usually won by the team with the best athletes. Wideman is raw as a route runner, but he’ll undoubtedly be one of the best athletes on the field every Saturday during the fall.
Wideman, who runs the 40 in 4.50 seconds, can truly be the game changer the Vols desperately need at the wide receiver position.
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