Vol TE Target Trending Towards Tennessee

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    Tennessee has received nothing but good news on the recruiting trail over the last couple weeks, and it looks like they could be in store for more positive momentum in the next week.

    One of the Vols’ top tight end targets in the 2021 class, Miles Campbell, announced last week that he would be making his college decision earlier than anticipated, tweeting out that he would be announcing on his birthday on May 18th. Originally, Campbell planned to trim down his extensive offer list to a top 10, but he’s decided to go ahead and announce his college decision.

    Now, Campbell has received a flood of crystal ball predictions on 247Sports in favor of the Vols just a week away from his announcement.

    Starting on Sunday afternoon, half a dozen crystal balls have come in predicting that Campbell will ultimately commit to Tennessee next week. Steve Wiltfong, the Director of Football Recruiting for 247Sports, put in the first prediction for the Vols on Sunday. Rusty Mansell, the chief insider for Georgia’s 247Sports site, and Grant Ramey of GoVols247 both put in predictions shortly after. Predictions from R. Cory Smith, Demetric Warren, and Greg Biggins have since been logged, and all three are in favor of UT as well.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Campbell is the No. 472 overall prospect, No. 20 tight end, and No. 37 recruit in the state of Georgia. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound athlete plays for South Paulding High School in Douglasville, GA, and he holds over two dozen scholarship offers.

    Tennessee extended an offer to Campbell on January 17th of this year, and he visited UT’s campus shortly thereafter on February 1st. Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Ole Miss are among the other schools to have offered Campbell. He also notably holds an offer from Yale.

    Campbell is a true do-it-all athlete for South Paulding. He plays on offense and defense both, and he lines up at wide receiver out wide a lot on offense. But he also lines up inside as a tight end, too.

    One thing that immediately stands out about Campbell on his film isn’t just his athleticism, but it’s blocking. It’s clear Campbell enjoys blocking and playing a physical style of football. He blocks along the line and blocks down the field like a wide receiver, and he does so aggressively. As a pass catcher, Campbell has a lot of skill, too. He’s quick for his size and is dangerous over the middle of the field.

    As a junior, Campbell caught 54 receptions for 620 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with 13 carries for 33 yards and two touchdowns on offense according to MaxPreps. Defensively, Campbell totaled eight tackles, 2.5 sacks, a tackle for loss, and two blocked punts. In his high school career, Campbell has thrown five touchdowns, run for 287 yards and four scores, and has caught 122 passes for 1,153 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    Tennessee’s 2021 class is currently ranked No. 2 in the country and No. 1 in the SEC. The Vols have 21 commitments in their class currently, but none are from projected tight ends. Both Julian Nixon and Roc Taylor could potentially play tight end, but both are projected as wide receivers currently.

    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.