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Five most underrated recruits in Vols 2020 class

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With 23 prospects giving Tennessee football a top 10 recruiting haul for 2020, the Volunteers have many underrated commitments. No matter how great a recru...



I agree on these two:


Jimmy Holiday
Athlete Madison, Miss.

Out of Madison High School in Mississippi, Jimmy Holiday brings another element to Tennessee football’s group of wide receivers that has not existed through Jeremy Pruitt’s first two years. Holiday brings immediate speed, allowing Jim Chaney a slot guy to help spread out the field even more than he was able to do this past year. It’s hard to underestimate how big of a deal that is.

At 6’1″ 180 pounds, Holiday runs an amazing 4.38 40-time coming out of high school. So he’s already an insane speedster, and he’s got a solid amount of size to go with it. Why, then, is he listed as a three-star across all services? Well, it’s because he primarily played quarterback in high school, and that’s also why he is listed as an athlete.

Holiday didn’t get the chance to fully showcase his elite skills at wide receiver, and there are questions about how well he has mastered the fundamentals. There’s one way to overcome that quickly, and he cashed in on that way by becoming an early enrollee. The spring should give Holiday and Pruitt a head start on figuring out what’s best for him. By the way, don’t count out his ability to play quarterback either. With four pro-style guys on the roster this year now that Harrison Bailey has committed, Chaney may be looking for a dual-threat guy to switch things up. Simply put, that gives Holiday another avenue to potentially make an impact. His elite athleticism and early chance to master fundamentals make him underrated.


Tee Hodge
Running Back Maryville, Tenn.

With the conversion of Jeremy Banks to linebacker and this his dismissal, Tennessee football was short a power running back last year. That’s why the Vols brought in Quavaris Crouch on numerous goal-line plays during the season.

What’s clear is that Jeremy Pruitt and Jim Chaney have always wanted one power back option to complement all-purpose backs like Ty Chandler and Eric Gray. Tee Hodge immediately provides that. At 6’2″ 230 pounds coming out of Maryville High School, he has a profile similar to Banks or Crouch, but Hodge is specifically a running back.

Here’s what you need to know about this guy. He runs a 4.47 40-time. How could a guy with his frame be that fast and still only be a three-star? Well, the questions revolve around his injury history. Hodge suffered a season-ending broken right fibula in 2018, and he then missed portions of the 2019 year as well.

By all accounts, though, he hasn’t lost a step. As a result, he’s a major underrated prospect, and the East Tennessee native’s profile could allow him to step in and immediately be an impact player. Hodge would be the perfect change of pace and really complete the profiles of what Chaney needs to run his pro-style offense to the fullest.

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