The Vols need more play-makers out wide in their offense moving forward. And they have at least a 50/50 chance of landing one of the more prolific play-makers in the 2019 class.
Ramel Keyton is a four-star receiver out of Marietta, Georgia, and he recently said in an interview with Bud Elliot of SB Nation that he’s choosing between Tennessee and Auburn for his college destination.
“I’ve seen all I need to see, it’s just sitting down and making the decision,” Keyton told Elliot. “(Both schools) are recruiting me the hardest, and they’re close with my family.”
Keyton is the No. 168 overall player and No. 28 receiver in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s also the 20th-best player in the state of Georgia by those rankings. Along with Tennessee and Auburn, he also holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, Florida, Penn State, and others.
The 6-foot-3, 185 pound receiver has visited both the Tigers and Vols recently. He unofficially visited Auburn back on April 5th and attended a Junior Day event on Tennessee’s campus on March 3rd.
He told Elliot that Tennessee’s new coaching staff is what stands out to him most about the Vols. And according to Elliot, Keyton’s mother visited the Vols’ staff without him a few weeks ago.
“The vibe with the new coaching staff,” Keyton stated. “It’s different than it used to be.”
Though he didn’t give an announcement date, Keyton is expected to make his decision “soon” and wants to do so on television. But he still plans on using his official visits in the fall even after making his commitment.
Keyton’s highlight film shows off his superb athleticism and solid ability to catch difficult passes. He’s good at route running too, which is rare for high school receivers. He’s not the fastest player you’ll see, but he’s certainly not slow. He knows how to use his large frame, and he could even use to add a little more weight once in college. He’s a very physical receiver who doesn’t shy away from contact at all.
As a junior for Marietta High School, Keyton hauled in 59 receptions for 1,294 yards and 16 touchdowns according to MaxPreps. He has over 2,600 receiving yards in his high school career thus far and has scored 24 total touchdowns.
Tennessee currently has four players committed in their 2019 class, and none of them are from wide receivers. The Vols will likely be looking to add a couple receivers in this cycle, and they stand a good chance of getting Keyton.