Tennessee Five-Star Receiver Target Closing In On College Decision

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    Five-star receiver Carnell Tate is closing in on his college decision, via an interview with 247sports Steve Wiltfong.

    At the Overtime OT7 event last weekend in Las Vegas, Tate told Wiltfong that he’s made his college decision and will announce it within the next two weeks.

    The Chicago native and IMG Academy standout is down to three schools: Notre Dame — which is just 90 minutes from his family home — Ohio State and Tennessee.

    Tate has been a frequent visitor at all three schools throughout his recruitment, but the five-star has visited Tennessee more than any school in 2022. After takings first visit to Knoxville in November, Tate returned to Tennessee for visits in January, April and in May.

    Outside of his visits to Tennessee, two of Tate’s most recent recruiting trips were to visit schools not in his top three — LSU and Georgia.

    The 6-foot-2 receiver ranks as the No. 3 receiver and No. 28 player in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. Tate is a top-20 recruit on every recruiting sites rankings besides ESPN where he ranks outside the nation’s top 100.

    Tennessee quarterback commit Nico Iamaleava has been active recruiting Tate since he committed to UT in March. The duo were at the Overtime OT7 event this past weekend, giving Iamaleava more time to recruit the five-star pass catcher.

    The Vols currently hold the No. 10 ranked recruiting class in the 2023 cycle including a commitment from just one receiver— Lipscomb Academy’s Nate Spillman.

    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.