Vols Are Finalists for Four-Star Texas Receiver

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    Tennessee continues to make progress with some highly-rated players in the 2019 recruiting cycle, and that trend continued on Wednesday afternoon.

    Just hours after picking up their 15th commitment in the 2019 class, the Vols found out they are one of the finalists for four-star wide receiver Jalen Curry. The 6-foot-3, 196-pound receiver from Houston, Texas tweeted out his final five schools moving forward, and Tennessee was one of the teams included.

    The Vols join Auburn, LSU, Florida State, and Arizona as finalists for Curry’s pledge.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Curry is the No. 150 overall player and 25th-ranked wide receiver in the 2019 class. Along with his top five schools, he holds offers from Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Miami, and over two dozen other schools. Curry took an official visit to Knoxville for the Orange & White Game back in April, and he officially visited Auburn in June as well. He’s unofficially visited LSU and attended a Junior Day event at Ohio State.

    Curry’s highlight film displays his athleticism, and he knows how to use his 6-foot-3 frame to get leverage against defenders. He can high point a deep pass and has a good amount of speed to go along with his tall body. His body control is a strength, and he is an above average route runner. He possesses the physicality necessary to beat press coverage or block in the run game. He’s a great red zone target, but he can also use his athleticism like a slot receiver. He’s a very versatile pass catcher.

    As a junior for St. Pius X in Houston, Curry racked up some impressive stats. He hauled in an eye-popping 122 receptions for 1,576 yards and 18 touchdowns according to MaxPreps. He recently participated in Nike’s The Opening along with several Vol commits and targets earlier this summer. His quarterback at St. Pius X is none other than four-star pro-style quarterback Grant Gunnell. The talented quarterback committed to Arizona back in early June.

    Tennessee only has one wide receiver committed in their 2019 class, and that’s four-star Ramel Keyton. The Vols would like to add another receiver or two in this class, and Curry has been high on Tennessee for a while. But Arizona figures to be a big contender for his services since Gunnell is committed there, and Auburn has been high on him as well.

    Expect Curry’s recruitment to be a fight, but it’s a fight the Vols certainly can win.