Tennessee has been absolutely on fire on the recruiting trail as of late. Their run has caught the attention of the college football world, as analysts and former players of other schools have all been commenting on the Vols’ success.
The Vols have also caught the attention of one of their conference rivals, and that team decided to throw a little shade Tennessee’s way on Thursday night.
Georgia’s official football Twitter account posted a two-minute long video on Thursday night asking fans to “check out the fireworks” from their third-straight win over Tennessee during the 2019 season. From an outsider’s perspective, this tweet seems unprompted and just a way to take a shot at one of the Bulldogs’ top conference rivals. But given the fact that the Vols have picked up five commitments in five days, four of which are from four-or-five-star prospects, then the tweet takes on a whole new meaning.
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) April 30, 2020
The Bulldogs have acknowledged Tennessee’s recruiting success publicly while schools like Alabama, Florida, and others are simply going about their business.
The Vols have picked up commitments from five-star weak-side defensive end Dylan Brooks, five-star outside linebacker Terrence Lewis, four-star defensive back Kamar Wilcoxson, four-star wide receiver Julian Nixon, and No. 1 JUCO running back Tiyon Evans over the last week. That surge has vaulted Tennessee up the recruiting rankings in the 2021 class, and UT’s momentum may not be over yet.
Tennessee has lost three-straight games to Georgia and have been beaten by the Bulldogs in eight of the last 10 contests between the two programs. Georgia has dominated the Vols as of late, winning by a combined score of 122-26 in their last three games against UT. The Bulldogs have been one of the top recruiting programs in the country over the last few years as well, ranking third in the 2017 class, first in 2018, second in 2019, and first again in 2020.
Right now, though, Tennessee is ahead of the Bulldogs in the 2021 recruiting rankings. In fact, the Vols are atop the SEC according to 247Sports.
The Vols currently have the No. 3 class in the 2021 cycle as the month of May begins, one spot ahead of Florida at No. 4 in the rankings. Georgia checks in at No. 12, but they notably have a higher average ranking per recruit than Tennessee currently.
Tennessee and Georgia are scheduled to face each other in Athens on November 14th for the upcoming 2020 season. The Vols are 11-12-1 all-time on the road against Georgia, and the Bulldogs have a 24-23-2 edge in the all-time series.