In-state athlete decommits from Vols, commits to ACC school

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    Three-star athlete Elijah Howard has decommitted from Tennessee and committed to Virginia Tech, he announced on Twitter.

    “I’m forever thankful for the love (and) support from my home state of Tennessee,” Howard said in a message he shared on Twitter. “My family values faith over uncertainty. I’ll be decommitting from the University of Tennessee at this time.”

    Howard committed to Virginia Tech moments later in a tweet, saying “out of sight out of mind.. #hokienation.”

    The East Tennessee native was the second commitment in Tennessee’s 2021 class. He attended the Webb School of Knoxville when he committed, but moved to Chattanooga shortly after where he attended Baylor School.

    Howard is ranked as the No. 715 overall player in the country by the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s considered the No. 42 overall running back and the 16th-best player in the state of Tennessee.

    Tennessee was recruiting Howard to either play running back or defensive back. He was a finalist for Tennessee’s Division II-AAA Mr. Football Award as a junior, and he was a semifinalist following his senior season.

    The Vols now have 22 commitments with the early signing period set to begin tomorrow. Their class ranks No. 15 overall and sixth-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.