Vols Among Top Schools for No. 1 WR in Georgia

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    (Photo via Rusty Mansell/247Sports)

    One of the top prospects in the state of Georgia and one of the highest-rated wide receivers in the 2021 class has Tennessee among his top schools moving forward.

    Deion Colzie, a standout athlete who plays for Athens Academy in Athens, Georgia, tweeted out a graphic showcasing his top 10 teams on Sunday, and the Vols made the cut. Tennessee joined Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, and Virginia in Colzie’s trimmed-down group.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Colzie is the No. 45 overall prospect, No. 5 wide receiver, and fourth-best recruit in the state of Georgia. He’s the highest-rated receiver in Georgia in the 2021 cycle per the composite rankings.

    The 6-foot-4, 193-pound receiver is also a standout in basketball and track for Athens Academy. He was named to the All-State team in football and was named an All-Region performer in hoops.

    Tennessee was the very first school to offer Colzie, giving him an offer back on May 21, 2018. He was teammates with 2020 Vol signee Len’Neth Whitehead at Athens Academy last season.

    Colzie was once committed to Notre Dame, pledging himself to the Irish on October 12th of 2019. But earlier this year on March 20th, he reopened his recruitment and decomitted. Since then, he’s added offers from Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Florida State, Auburn, Kentucky, UCF, and Ole Miss.

    There’s a reason why Colzie is rated as one of the top receivers in the 2021 cycle. He’s big, physical, and has better speed than you’d imagine someone his size having as a wideout. He’s very difficult to bring down by a single defender, and he has a very strong stiff arm. His basketball background is on display whenever he has to go up for jump balls, and he’s exceptionally dangerous in one-on-one coverage. The corner covering him better be good, or Colzie is going to make him look silly.

    As a junior, Colzie reeled in 33 receptions for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns while being named an All-State receiver.

    The Vols currently have 23 prospects committed to them in their 2021 class, a class that ranks No. 3 in the country and No. 1 in the SEC on 247Sports. Tennessee has four players committed to them who project as wide receivers currently. Four-star Julian Nixon, four-star Jordan Mosley, three-star Walker Merrill, and three-star athlete Roc Taylor are Tennessee’s predicted wideouts in the 2021 class.

    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.