BREAKING: Tennessee Beats Out Kentucky For Bluegrass State Corner

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    Kentucky defensive back Cristian Conyer committed to Tennessee over the home state Wildcats Sunday afternoon.

    Conyer committed with an interesting twist. Choosing his future school on his mother’s birthday, the defensive back cut open an orange cake on a Periscope video.

    The three-star defensive back’s commitment to Josh Heupel and his staff ends a long battle between the SEC east rivals.

    The two teams were in Conyer’s top two and the defensive back spent the vast majority of his recruitment deciding between the SEC east rivals. Experts predictions for Conyer’s decision went back-and-forth in the months before his commitment to Tennessee.

    Conyer visited both Tennessee and Kentucky three times in 2022 including back-to-back official visits to Lexington and Knoxville in June before announcing his early July commitment date.

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    Conyer ranks as a three-star and the No. 553 player and No. 56 cornerback in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. The Bowling Green native ranks as the fourth best player in the state of Kentucky in the 2023 class.

    The South Warren High School standout is the fourth defensive back commit in Tennessee’s class but just the first cornerback. Conyer’s commitment continues a hot streak for Tennessee’s recruiting class.

    The Vols have landed four commitments in the last nine days— all four on the defensive side of the ball.

    Conyer’s commitment gives Tennessee 14 verbal commits in the 2023 recruiting cycle and boost the Vols’ class into the top 10 of the 247sports team rankings.

    Tennessee’s run of recruiting success may not be over as a handful of Volunteer targets will announce their college commitment in the next week. Next up is five-star offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa who is announcing his college decision on July 4.

    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.