Former Vol Commit, Four-Star Athlete Lists Vols Among Finalists

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    Kristian Story was once committed to Tennessee in their 2020 class. In fact, he was the first player to commit to Jeremy Pruitt in the 2020 cycle. But he decommitted from the Vols months ago, and he’s kept his options open since. Now, though, he’s released a list of his finalists, and the Vols are included in that list.

    Story is a four-star athlete from Lanett, Alabama who plays for Lanett High School. On Sunday, he tweeted out his five finalists in his recruitment, and Tennessee made the cut along with Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, and Notre Dame.

    The 6-foot-1, 206-pound athlete is rated as the No. 149 overall prospect and No. 8 athlete in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He originally committed to Tennessee while on an unofficial visit to Knoxville on March 29th of 2018, but he announced his decommitment in September shortly after the Vols’ season opener against West Virginia. He’s kept Tennessee on his mind since then, however, and they’ve made his list of finalists.

    Story has unofficially visited Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia Tech in 2019, but only one of those schools made his list of five finalists. He has official visits planned for Texas A&M and Notre Dame, and he’ll likely give his other three official visits to his other three finalists.

    We took a look at who visited the Vols in recruiting over the weekend and where Tennessee stands with those recruits over on RTI Premium!

    So far in his high school career, Story has been used as Lanett’s quarterback while playing some on defense as well. He’s been able to show off his dynamic athleticism in that role. Story’s highlight film shows off his elusiveness as a runner and his strong arm as a thrower. He’s even used on defense in the secondary. He reminds me a lot of Jauan Jennings in the fact that he’s just an impressive athlete who plays a number of positions in high school and can play any number of roles in college as well. It’ll be all about finding his best fit at the next level. It’s rumored he wants a shot at quarterback wherever he goes, so that may be something to keep in mind. Maybe his highest ceiling is at quarterback, and maybe it’s at receiver, safety, or corner. Regardless, he’s a talented athlete.

    As a junior for Lanett, Story threw for 2,434 yards and 40 touchdowns while completing 68.8 percent of his 176 pass attempts. He also ran for 1,207 yards and 16 scores. On defense, he totaled 33 tackles and nine interceptions.

    Story hasn’t visited Tennessee since he decommitted from them, but UT’s coaches have kept in contact with him. They’ll likely get one of his official visits, but it’ll be worth seeing if he comes in any other time besides that.



    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.