Oak Ridge Running Back Announces Commitment Date

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    One of the top talents remaining on Tennessee’s hot board is a local product in Oak Ridge running back Kendall Jackson. The three-star running back announced his Top 3 on Saturday afternoon, which included Tennessee, Memphis, and Kentucky. On Sunday, Jackson revealed on social media when he will announce his decision.

    According to a social media post from Jackson on Sunday, the talented running back will be announcing his decision on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

    Wednesday, Feb. 2, is also National Signing Day. The signing day is the opportunity for high school prospects to officially sign with the team they are intending to play for in college. Additionally, it is for any athletes that did not sign during the early signing period in December. After the Vols’ early signing period just a few weeks ago, Tennessee collected 19 signatures and one early enrollee, which was good for the 15th class in the country.

    Jackson, a three-star running back in the class of 2022, is a product of Oak Ridge High School just outside of Knoxville. In August of 2021, Jackson was named to the No. 5 slot in Knox News’ Elite Eight, which spotlights the top eight football prospects around Knoxville.

    During his senior year, Jackson ran for 443 yards and six touchdowns in 10 games. Meanwhile, during his junior season, Jackson had 914 yards and 11 touchdowns. Standing at six feet tall and weighing in at 195-pounds, Jackson is a tremendously athletic prospect who can be a difference-maker with the ball in his hands.

    Currently, Tennessee has the No. 15 class in the 2022 rankings according to 247’s database. Additionally, the Vols are sitting at the No. 7 spot in the SEC rankings. Defensive lineman Jordan Phillips has already enrolled with the team, while the other 19 prospects have signed their letters of intent. Tennessee will also be bringing in two transfer players in Navy Shuler and Gerald Mincey.

    Three-star Oak Ridge running back Kendall Jackson will decide between Kentucky, Memphis, and Tennessee on Feb. 2.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.