You can add a five-star to the list of visitors who will be on Tennessee’s campus this weekend.
Elite wide receiver Rakim Jarrett has been committed to LSU for close to two months now. Before his commitment to the Tigers, there was a lot of momentum with him and the Vols. Now, according to Vol Recruiting Reports, the LSU commit will be making an official visit to Knoxville this upcoming weekend.
— Vol Recruiting Reports (@_VR2_) June 20, 2019
Jarrett is a five-star wide receiver who plays in Washington D.C. for St. John’s College High School. He’s rated as the No. 19 overall prospect and No. 3 receiver in the 2020 recruiting cycle according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Prior to his official visit to LSU on April 26th and his commitment to the Tigers the next day, the 6-foot, 208-pound receiver had visited Tennessee’s campus twice within a month’s time, coming in early March and again in late March on unofficial visits. His visit to Knoxville this weekend will be the first time he’s gone somewhere other than LSU after his commitment.
Tennessee quarterback commit Harrison Bailey — who is supposed to be taking an unofficial visit to Knoxville this weekend himself — chimed in when the news was announced about Jarrett’s visit:
— Harrison Bailey (@HBailey_05) June 20, 2019
Jarrett has elite speed and athleticism, and he can make defenders who even take correct routes to try and chase him down look silly and slow because of his quickness. He has good hands and awareness, and he shows a good amount of toughness despite not being the biggest receiver. He’ll need to work on running crisper routes in the future, but the intangibles and talent are clearly there. You can’t teach speed and instincts, and he has both of those.
As a junior, Jarrett caught 36 passes for 782 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had a 21.8 yard per catch average in his junior season for St. John’s. Jarret has also been invited to Nike’s The Opening Finals and the Polynesian Bowl.
The Vols will be looking to add three or four wide receivers in their 2020 recruiting class, and so far they have just one receiver committed to them. Three-star athlete Jimmy Calloway projects as a receiver in college and is UT’s lone receiver commit in the 2020 class right now.
Tennessee will be hosting a number of highly-rated visitors this weekend, including four-star athlete Caziah Holmes and his teammate, offensive lineman Richie Leonard, on official visits. Harrison Bailey’s teammate, four-star linebacker BJ Ojulari, is also supposed to be in town for an unofficial visit.
It seems hasty to put Jarrett on “flip watch” for this visit, but it’s certainly very intriguing that Jarrett is choosing to visit the Vols on the last big recruiting weekend before the upcoming dead period. He’s also supposed to be coming to town with family, which is even more important.
There’s obviously a chance that Jarrett could flip to UT, but I wouldn’t bank on it just yet. Maryland is also very much in the mix, and there’s a chance Jarrett schedules a visit to see them at some point, too.