Vols Make the Cut for Four-Star Wide Receiver

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    Back in late January, four-star wide receiver Kris Abrams-Draine released a list of top 10 teams despite still being committed to LSU at the time. Fast forward a little over three months, and the talented receiver is no longer committed to the Tigers. Now, he’s trimmed down his list some, and Tennessee has made the cut.

    The four-star receiver who plays for Spanish Fort in Alabama cut his list of top schools down to seven, and the Vols made the list. They are joined by Florida, Oregon, Florida State, Ole Miss, West Virginia, and Georgia Tech. LSU, the team Abrams-Draine was once committed to, is not included on his list.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Abrams-Draine is the No. 352 overall prospect and No. 63 wide receiver in the 2020 class. The regular 247Sports rankings are higher on him, rating his as the No. 235 player and No. 45 receiver in this class.

    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. Then, he decommitted from them a year later on April 4th.

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    The 6-foot, 170-pound receiver unofficially visited Tennessee back in April of last year, and he’s visited the Vols twice in 2019. Abrams-Draine was on campus for a Junior Day event on March 2nd and visited for the Orange & White Game on April 13th.

    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.

    Right now, Tennessee has one wide receiver committed to them in their 2020 recruiting class. Three-star athlete Jimmy Calloway is listed as an athlete, but he’s projected as a likely wide receiver in college.



    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.