Vols Among Finalists for Four-Star In-State Wide Receiver

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    (Photo via @j_harrison5 on Twitter)

    The Vols already have one highly-rated wide receiver committed to them in their 2019 recruiting class. And on Saturday, another highly-touted pass catcher included the Vols as one of his favorites moving forward.

    Jayden Harrison is a wide receiver for Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville. On Saturday, he put out his list of top five schools and added that he has a “big announcement coming soon.” The Vols made his list of finalists.

    All five of Harrison’s top schools are in the SEC, and two are in the state of Tennessee. Vanderbilt, the team located within Harrison’s home city, is currently the favorite to land his commitment.

    According to 247Sports, Harrison is a four-star and the No. 276 overall player. Those rankings also have him listed as the 41st-ranked receiver in the 2019 class and the No. 11 player in the state of Tennessee. The composite rankings aren’t nearly as kind, however, ranking him No. 675 overall.

    Harrison’s highlight film shows off his impressive speed and ability to make some tough catches. He uses his agility to separate from defenders, but he’s also a pretty good route runner too. Though he’s only 5-foot-10, Harrison is a fairly good deep target in the passing game. He’s not afraid to get physical either, and he’ll throw a hard block on the perimeter. He doesn’t have all the tools necessary to come in and contribute immediately like some other players near his ranking, and his height might hold him back in some offenses. But there’s definitely talent present on his film, and his speed makes him an intriguing option on special teams.

    Last season, Harrison caught 41 passes for 588 yards and seven touchdowns according to MaxPreps. He also intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards for a score. In 31 career games for Pearl Cohn, Harrison has pulled in 75 receptions for 1,077 yards and 13 touchdowns.

    It’s unclear just how interested Tennessee is in Harrison. The Vols’ old coaching staff offered him (they were actually his very first scholarship offer back in June of 2016), and he hasn’t visited UT’s campus since the new coaching staff was put in place. The Vols haven’t gone to visit him either, but Harrison himself hasn’t made many trips period in 2018. The one place he’s visited has been Vanderbilt, and that was back in January.

    The Vols already have a commitment from four-star wide receiver Ramel Keyton in their 2019 class. Tennessee will likely look to add at least one more receiver in this cycle to bolster their depth at the position moving forward.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.