Vols Among Top Teams for Four-Star WR Out of Alabama

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    (Photo via @KD1ERA on Twitter)

    The Vols will need to add a couple wide receivers to their roster in the 2020 recruiting class. They’ve already offered several players at that position, and they got some good news from one of the more highly-rated receivers in the 2020 class this week.

    Kris Abrams-Draine is a four-star wide receiver who plays for Spanish Fort in Spanish Fort, Alabama. He’s committed to LSU, but he released a list of his top schools on Twitter, and the Vols made that list.

    Tennessee joins LSU, Florida, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon, Nebraska, Indiana, and Kansas as Abrams-Draine’s top schools.

    It’s unusual to see a player currently committed to a school release a list of other programs he considers his “favorites,” but this is recruiting in the modern age. Nothing should come as a big surprise anymore.

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    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the 6-foot, 165-pound receiver is the No. 246 overall player and No. 47 wide receiver in the 2020 class. The regular 247Sports rankings are a bit higher on him, listing him as a top-200 overall recruit.

    Abrams-Draine committed to the Tigers back in March of 2018. LSU offered him on March 1st, he visited March 3rd, and he committed to them March 7th. He did unofficially visit Tennessee back in April of last year, so he does have a relationship with UT’s coaching staff beyond just receiving an offer from them.

    You can’t teach speed, and Abrams-Draine certainly has that. He uses that exceptional speed to separate from defenders and make some explosive plays for Spanish Fort. He’s also good at timing his jumps precisely and bringing in difficult catches. He has very strong hands and plays bigger than what he is. He still needs to polish his route running, but he’s far from unskilled there.

    As a junior, Abrams-Draine played a variety of roles for Spanish Fort and ended up with nearly 1,000 total yards of offense and scored 14 total touchdowns. As a receiver, he caught 44 passes for 584 yards and 11 scores.

    With Jauan Jennings, Marquez Callaway, Brandon Johnson, and Tyler Byrd all set to graduate after the 2019 season, the Vols will need to add a couple receivers in the 2020 class to bolster their depth. Pulling Abrams-Draine away from LSU won’t be easy if the Vols decide to really push for him, but it’s clear he’s keeping his mind open even with his current commitment.



    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.