Elite 4-Star Running Back to Visit Vols

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    One of the top running backs in the 2021 class will be in Knoxville this weekend for the first time in his recruitment.

    Cody Brown, a four-star running back who plays for Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia, tweeted out this week that he’ll be taking a visit to Knoxville this upcoming weekend.

    The 6-foot, 210-pound back is rated as the No. 119 overall prospect and No. 9 running back in the 2021 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He holds offers from Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, and many others.

    Tennessee extended an offer to Brown back in late April of last year, and Brown is one of the Vols’ top targets at running back in this upcoming recruiting cycle. Getting him on campus for the last visiting weekend before the dead period in February is a huge step in the right direction for UT, especially now that Tennessee has officially hired Jay Graham as their running backs coach.

    Brown is a big, strong running back, but he’s also quite a bit faster than you’d expect him to be. He’s not going to outrun a ton of speedy SEC defensive backs, but he has a deceptively quick burst, and he moves a lot faster than I expected him to. Brown is extremely hard to tackle, and he rarely goes down on first contact. He breaks tackles with ease, and he has some pretty decent footwork, too. Plus, his team, Parkview, has checkerboard endzones, so he’s already used to running into orange and white checkerboards for touchdowns.

    In 12 recorded games as a junior this past season on MaxPreps, Brown racked up 1,676 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 214 carries, giving him a 7.8 yard per carry average. He also caught 17 passes for 113 yards and threw a 51-yard touchdown. Brown was named the 7-A Player of the Year in 2019 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In 33 career games, Brown has amassed 3,694 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns.

    Tennessee currently has one projected running back committed to them in their 2021 class, and that’s three-star in-state back Elijah Howard. The Vols signed three running backs in the early signing period for the 2020 class in December, and UT is still pursuing five-star running back Zach Evans in the 2020 cycle as well.



    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.