Vols are Finalists for Four-Star Athlete in 2019 Class

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    (Photo via @alantebrown3 on Twitter)

    Tennessee doesn’t have a ton of spots left in their 2019 recruiting class, but it’s believed they’d like to add another offensive skill position player if possible. And on Tuesday, a talented athlete out of Chicago included the Vols in his list of finalists.

    Alante Brown is a four-star prospect who plays for Simeon High School in Chicago. He was once committed to Michigan State but just recently decommitted from the Spartans. On Tuesday, he tweeted out a list of his five finalists in his recruitment, and the Vols were one of those schools.

    Tennessee joins Florida State, Texas Tech, Pittsburgh, and Iowa State as Brown’s finalists.

    According to the 247Sports rankings, Brown is the No. 215 overall player and No. 27 wide receiver in the 2019 class. The composite rankings have him ranked as the No. 637 overall player, however.

    Though he’s listed as a wide receiver on 247Sports, Brown played at quarterback for Simeon this past season. He was one of the best athletes on his team, so he lined up at quarterback and played a variety of roles for the Wolverines. But he’s expected to be a receiver in college.

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    The 5-foot-10, 181-pound athlete committed to Michigan State back in June of 2018, but he didn’t sign with the Spartans during the early signing period in December. He and Michigan State parted ways not even a week ago, and Brown has hit the ground running in his recruitment since.

    Brown took an official visit to Florida State this past weekend, and he came away impressed with the Seminoles. But he plans to take one more visit before he signs with a team on February 6th, and he’s choosing between Tennessee, Iowa State, Pitt, and Texas Tech for that final visit.

    It’s hard to glean a whole lot from Brown’s highlight film about how good of a wide receiver or running back he could be in college because his film is primarily of him as a quarterback for Simeon. But he does have very good speed, and he’s an explosive play-maker in space. He has good hips and vision, and he’s the type of player that can make plays no matter where he is on the field.

    According to NBC Sports, Brown totaled over 3,400 yards of offense as a senior for Simeon. He had 2,347 passing yards and 1,089 rushing yards while scoring 41 total touchdowns.

    Brown’s recruitment over the next week will be interesting to follow. He’s tweeted out some graphics from UT recently, but he’s not been a name that’s been strongly tied to the Vols recently. If Tennessee gets his last visit, though, then they’re definitely serious players. If they don’t, then UT is probably crossed off the list.



    Nathanael Rutherford
    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.