247Sports updated its 2021 class rankings, and Tennessee football commits receive a shakeup to their ranking after the update.
Tennessee Football has had quite the ride on the recruiting trail when it comes to the 2021 class. Tennessee struck fire earlier this year and got an abnormal number of verbal commitments in a short time span as sports fans looked for something to consume during quarantine.
Since then, we’ve seen some changes to a couple of commits’ ranking, and now there’s another shakeup in 247Sports’ rankings, and some Vol commits moved up, and some moved down.
When Cody Brown committed to Tennessee, he was the No. 9 ranked running back in the country. Now, he’s the No. 16 ranked running back in the country and falls to the No. 14 player in Georgia.
Offensive tackle Colby Smith was another Vol to drop in the rankings as he moved from the No. 130 player in the country to the No. 232 player in the country. He kept his fourth star, but that’s quite the drop from 130 to 232.
As two Tennessee commits drop in the rankings, four more moved up. Most notably, tight end Miles Campbell earned a fourth-star and cracks the top-ten as the No. 10 tight end in the country.
The most recent Tennessee commit, tight end Hudson Wolfe, also moved up in the rankings. Wolfe was ranked the No. 22 tight end days ago when he committed to Tennessee, and now he’s the No. 17 tight end in the country.
Four-star dual-threat quarterback Kaidon Salter moved up to the No. 61 overall player in the country and improved from the No. 90 player in the country. Salter is one of the most exciting players in the class athletically, so I expect him to find his way into the top-50 by the end of his senior season.
Finally, running back Jaylen Wright receives an upgrade from the No. 38 running back in the country to No. 30. Most known for his speed, Brown gives Tennessee another option at running back and possibly as a kick returner.
Overall, Tennessee benefitted pretty well from the rankings update, but Cody Brown and Colby Smith could use this drop as an opportunity to have an even better senior season this fall to prove they’re better than what 247Sports thinks.
Regardless of where all of these recruits and the 2021 class finishes, getting top-rated players are always great, but if they can’t transition to dominating at the college level, then a four or five-star no better than a three-star that works out three hours a day, is the first one on the practice field and the last to leave and plays the best three seasons of his life to become a first-round draft pick.
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