4-Star In-State Prospect Commits to Vols

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    One of the top prospects in the state of Tennessee in the 2021 class has decided to stay in the state for college.

    Hudson Wolfe, a four-star tight end who plays for Hardin County High School in Savannah, TN, announced his commitment to the Vols on Twitter on Monday. He chose Tennessee over his other finalists of Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, and Ole Miss.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Wolfe is the No. 225 overall prospect, No. 9 tight end, and No. 6 recruit in the state of Tennessee in the 2021 class. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound athlete is expected to be an early enrollee in the 2021 class.

    Tennessee first extended an offer to Wolfe back in late January of 2019, and he’s visited campus multiple times since then. Wolfe’s most recent trip to Knoxville came in mid-March before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down recruiting visits indefinitely. Wolfe also took a visit to see Ole Miss at the beginning of March and had a trip planned to see Ohio State before recruiting visits were shut down temporarily.

    For a while, it seemed like Ohio State had all the momentum in Wolfe’s recruiting. But Tennessee’s staff continued to make the talented tight end a top priority, and he’s one of the Vols’ top targets not just in the state, but in the whole cycle.

    Now, he’s jumped on board for UT’s 2021 class.

    Wolfe is built exactly how you want a tight end to look for SEC play. He has a big frame and good weight, and he could even add more and still be effective. At Hardin County, he lines up as a wide receiver often, and he has soft hands and good route-running ability. He’s not easy at all to bring down and powers forward for extra yardage. As a blocker, Wolfe gets very physical and is good blocking downfield.

    In his junior season, Wolfe caught 25 passes for 381 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games according to MaxPreps. Over one-third of his receptions resulted in touchdowns last season.

    Wolfe’s commitment gives Tennessee their 24th pledge in their 2021 class, a class that ranks third in the country and No. 1 in the SEC. Wolfe is the third potential tight end to commit to Tennessee, joining three-star Miles Campbell and three-star Trinity Bell. But with Wolfe’s commitment, Bell could be moved to defensive end now. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound jumbo athlete plays on both sides of the ball in high school already.

    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.