RTI recruiting contributor Landon Steffy is the author of this article
As Tennessee receives their remaining members of their 2019 recruiting class this week and summer workouts are in full swing, Tennessee’s recruiting efforts are still going strong. The Vols have offered one of the top receivers in the 2020 class, and he’s currently committed to one of UT’s biggest rivals.
Per his Twitter account, Tennessee has offered four-star wide receiver Traeshon Holden from Harbor City, California who plays for Narbonne High School. He is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and has played for St. Frances Academy but transferred to the west coast for his senior season. Holden committed to Alabama back on March 2nd during an unofficial visit, but that isn’t stopping other schools like Tennessee from continuing to pursue him.
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Per the 247Sports Composite rankings, Holden is ranked as the 246th overall recruit in the 2020 class and the No. 47 wide receiver. His recruitment is red hot right now as he is one of the top receivers in the class of 2020. Florida State and Tennessee have both offered him since his commitment to the Tide, and he also holds offers from Clemson, USC, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, and many others.
While his junior season stats are hard to come by, Holden’s film is impressive. He has a very good size-to-speed ratio and easily separates from opposing defensive backs. He looks to be a very solid route runner as well. He plays a multitude of positions, lining up out wide and in the slot. He’s primarily used as a dangerous deep threat, though. Holden has a very quick first step off the line, often times throwing off his opponent right away. He prides himself on being a very good blocking wideout, often brutally taking his man to the ground when helping with the run game.
Right now, Alabama has four wide receivers committed to them in their 2020 recruiting class. Holden is actually the lowest-rated of that group, trailing borderline top-100 prospect Thaiu Jones-Bell, four-star Javon Baker, and four-star Dazalin Worsham. The Tide are still looking at other receivers as well, so there’s a chance one of these four doesn’t end up with Alabama come National Signing Day.
Tennessee is making wide receiver a high priority for the 2020 class, and they have appeared to put wide receivers coach Tee Martin as Holden’s primary recruiter. It will be interesting to see if the current Crimson Tide commit will take visits while committed and if the Vols can convince him to take a visit to Knoxville.