Tennessee’s Christmas Wish List for Recruiting

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    Landing Darnell Washington

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    Although he’s not supposed to be making it public where he’s signing until the All-American Game on January 2nd, five-star tight end Darnell Washington is actually signing with a team during the early signing period this week. And Tennessee really hopes they’re the team he chooses.

    The prolific high school tight end wants to sign with a school on Wednesday, December 18th, which is the first day of the early signing period. He wants to then have his friends, family, coaches, and anyone else who has been following his recruitment and “in the know” to keep that signing silent.

    Good luck with that, Darnell.

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    Regardless, Tennessee has been involved with Washington for years, and he has a strong relationship with UT tight ends coach and reigning Recruiter of the Year Brian Niedermeyer.

    Washington took his final official visit over the weekend, and it was in Knoxville. The five-star has been to Tennessee at least half a dozen times in his recruitment, and UT has to like where they sit currently.

    The No. 10 overall player and No. 1 athlete, Washington is a hot commodity who is considering the Vols, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Miami. Landing Washington would be a game-changer for Tennessee’s 2020 class, and it would give them a sterling star atop their recruiting Christmas tree.

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    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.