Athletic Tight End Commits to Tennessee

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    (Photo via Rusty Mansell/247Sports)

    It’s been a little over a week since Tennessee added any commitments to their 2021 class. For Vol fans, that seems like an eternity after UT added nearly a dozen commits in the 2021 cycle over a two-week span at the end of April and beginning of May. But Tennessee’s “dry spell” came to an end on Monday.

    Miles Campbell, one of Tennessee’s top tight end targets in the 2021 class, announced his commitment to the Vols on Monday afternoon on Twitter. His pledge gives Tennessee their 12th commit of the 2021 class since April 26th.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Campbell is the No. 478 overall prospect, No. 20 tight end, and No. 37 recruit in the state of Georgia. The 6-foot-3, 234-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 his 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 hauled in 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 now has 22 prospects committed to them in their 2021 class. Campbell is the only true projected tight end committed to the Vols at this time, and he’s the third recruit from the state of Georgia to pledge to UT this cycle.

    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.