Vols Lose Commitment from Lone Running Back Commit

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    (Photo via Cory Hancock/Marietta Daily Journal)

    Tennessee entered Saturday with one running back committed to them in their 2020 recruiting class. But by Saturday evening, they no longer had a running back committed in this sycle.

    Three-star running back Ebony Jackson decommitted from the Vols according to his Twitter account. “This has been a very well-thought out and extremely tough decision for me, but I have decided to decommit from the University of Tennessee and reopen my recruitment,” Jackson said. “Please respect my decision , and have a blessed weekend.

    “I also want to thank the coaches, players and fans of the University of Tennessee for their continual support in this short period of time.”

    Jackson, a native of Marietta, Georgia, committed to the Vols just six weeks ago. The Kell High School running back gave Tennessee their first pledge from a running back in their 2020 class. But following recent offers from Maryland, West Virginia, and most notably Alabama, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound back has decided to open up his recruitment.

    At the time Jackson committed to Tennessee, he only held offers from two other schools: Ole Miss and East Carolina. Now, he has almost half a dozen Power Five offers and appears to be catching fire on the recruiting trail.

    Jackson is ranked as the No. 36 running back in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. The site lists him as the No. 500 overall prospect in the class and the No. 49 player from the state of Georgia.

    Tennessee currently sits at No. 29 in 247Sports team recruiting rankings following the decommitment. The Vols have just six players committed to them, and one of their highest-rated commits is somewhat in question right now. Four-star junior college defensive end Jordan Davis tweeted out a graphic with his “top six” schools pictured, but Tennessee wasn’t on the list. He has since deleted that tweet, and he remains committed to the Vols. But that situation will be one to watch.



    Ben McKee
    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He grew up an Army brat and lived in Alabama for a bit, but he bleeds orange. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also a co-host on the RTI Live Show and RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.