Four-star defensive back decommits from Vols

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    Four-star defensive back Damarius McGhee has decommitted from Tennessee, he announced on Twitter Thanksgiving evening.

    “I wanna thank all of my Tennessee fam for everything,” McGhee said on Twitter. “I will be decommitting and opening my choices to see which school is the right one for me! #RespectMyDecision”

    McGhee committed to the Vols over the summer on July 30. He chose Tennessee over Georgia, Miami, Ole Miss, and Louisville, the other teams in his top five that he announced back on June 10th.

    Tennessee was one of the first teams to offer McGhee, getting in on him before he blew up. The Vols extended an offer to him on July 31, 2019, joining Ole Miss and Mississippi State as SEC schools to offer him before the start of his junior season.

    The Pensacola Catholic product out of Pensacola, Florida is considered the No. 87 overall player in the country by 247Sports. McGhee is considered a four-star by 247 and the No. 12 overall player in the state of Florida. He’s ranked as the eighth-best corner.

    McGhee plays primarily on defense as a cornerback, but he also lines up at receiver on offense and even plays some quarterback. He’s also used as a return man on special teams, and he excels at that as well.

    As a junior, McGhee totaled 49 tackles, two tackles for loss, four interceptions, five passes defended, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick on defense while catching 12 passes for 312 yards and two scores, running for 64 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, and completing five of his 10 pass attempts for 109 yards and three touchdowns according to MaxPreps. McGhee also returned two kick-offs for touchdowns and returned an interception for a score. In the last two seasons, McGhee has picked off seven passes and has returned two for touchdowns.

    Tennessee now has 26 commitments in their 2021 class that ranks No. 11 overall in the country and fifth-best in the SEC.

    Ben McKee
    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also the host of the RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.