4-Star Athlete Announces Commitment to Vols

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    Just when you thought Tennessee’s recruiting momentum was going to slow down, the Vols put on more steam late Wednesday night.

    Kaemen Marley, one of the top athletes in the state of North Carolina in the 2021 class, took to Twitter to announce a commitment to the Vols late Wednesday night. Marley chose Tennessee over offers from Florida, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and others.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Marley is the No. 146 overall prospect, No. 5 athlete, and No. 8 recruit in the state of North Carolina. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound athlete plays for Eastern Randolph in Ramseur, North Carolina.

    Not only does Marley play football, but he’s been a standout in basketball in high school as well. Tennessee extended an offer to him back on February 1st of this year, becoming the 15th school to offer him at that point. Marley never got a chance to visit the Vols before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down recruiting visits, but that didn’t stop him from choosing Tennessee.

    Marley does a little bit of everything on the football field. He plays in all aspects of the game, lining up on offense, defense, and even punting the ball on special teams. He can high point the ball well thanks to his athleticism and basketball background. Marley has a fairly high ceiling on either side of the ball, but knowing Tennessee’s coaches, he’ll probably end up on defense at UT.

    As a junior last season, Marley totaled 26 touchdowns and ended up with 814 receiving yards and 396 rushing yards on offense while picking off three passes on defense.

    The Vols now have 23 prospects committed to them in their 2021 class. Marley is the fourth recruit from the state of North Carolina to commit to UT, joining offensive tackle Colby Smith, running back Jaylen Wright, and defensive tackle Isaac Washington.

    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.