Vols Add 4-Star Wide Receiver

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    Photo via SFHSSports

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    Tennessee added a four-star receiver in the 2016 class on Wednesday night in Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) native Brandon Johnson, a speedy 6-foot-3, 172-pounds who had offers from several top programs around the nation.

    Here the full RTI recruiting profile for Johnson, who becomes the 16th overall member of the 2016 class and the fourth wide receiver commitment:

    BrandonJohnsonWide Receiver – 2016 Class
    6-2, 172 pounds
    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (American Heritage)

    Other top offers
    LSU, Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia, Miami, South Carolina

    Status: The Vols got Johnson on campus over the summer for an Orange Carpet Day and have been near the top of his list for much of the recruiting process. Despite getting some impressive offers, he was relatively quiet in the recruiting class before making somewhat of a surprise commitment to the Vols on the night of Sept. 2, giving UT another receiver in its growing class.


    247Sports: ★★★
    ESPN.com: ★★★
    Scout.com: ★★★

    RTI average: 3.5-stars

     How He Fits

    Johnson, the son of former MLB catcher Charles Johnson, is another athletic Florida receiver that has a good frame to work with, but needs to add some weight. His production wasn’t huge as a junior (430 yards) but he makes some plays on film that make you understand why Tennessee and other major programs have significant interest.

    Tennessee is looking for several wide receivers in the 2016 class to improve depth at that position, and Johnson joins Jeff George, Corey Henderson and possibly ‘athlete’ TD Marshall (who could play WR or DB) as the early commitments for the Vols in this recruiting cycle – giving Tennessee a variety of skill sets and sizes in this class.