Five-Star Receiver Visits Knoxville, Takes In Tennessee Baseball Game

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Highly touted receiver Carnell Tate visited Knoxville this weekend, marking his third visit to Tennessee this year. One of Tennessee’s top recruiting targets on the offensive side of the ball visited Knoxville for a junior day in January and in March.

While in town, Tate took in the No. 1 baseball team in America— watching the Vols’ series finale loss to Georgia. The talented receiver even shared a conversation with Tennessee director of athletics Danny White and chancellor Donde Plowman.

Tate is one of the top receivers in the class of 2023, ranking as the nation’s No. 38 player and No. 5 receiver according to the 247sports composite rankings. The IMG Academy standout is a five-star and the nation’s No. 16 player and No. 3 receiver according to the On3 consensus rankings.

While Tate plays his prep football at IMG Academy in Florida, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver is a Chicago native. Tate’s midwest ties show up in his recruitment as Ohio State and Notre Dame join Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia in Tate’s top five.

Tennessee currently holds nine commitments in the 2023 recruiting cycle but only one commitment from a receiver — Lipscomb Academy’s Nate Spillman.

With Josh Heupel’s up tempo offense and Nico Iamaleava’s resilient recruiting, Tennessee is an attractive option for high school receivers. The Vols landed in the top four of four-star receiver Devin Hyatt earlier this week.

Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.