BREAKING: Tennessee Beats Out Georgia For Talented Cornerback

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    Alabama cornerback Rickey Gibson committed to Tennessee over Georgia and Penn State Sunday afternoon.

    The 6-foot corner picked Tennessee after a whirlwind recruitment that saw predictions change back-and-forth between Georgia and Tennessee in the weeks ahead of his announcement.

    Gibson is a high three-star recruit, ranking as the 461st best player and 43rd best corner in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    Tennessee has long targeted Gibson, hosting the high three-star for a pair of unofficial visits in the spring before hosting him for a June official visits.

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    While Penn State was in Gibson’s top three, Georgia was Tennessee’s real competition in landing the high three-star recruit.

    Georgia offered Gibson in June after watching the Alabama cornerback camp in Athens. The Hewitt-Trussville standout visited Georgia again the final weekend of July before announcing his mid-August commitment date.

    Despite the Bulldogs’ late push, Tennessee landed Gibson as its second true corner back commit in the 2023 recruiting cycle. Gibson joins three-star Kentucky corner Cristian Conyer who chose the Vols over his home state Wildcats.

    Tennessee is looking for more good recruiting news on Monday as Baton Rouge four-star corner Jordan Matthews will announce his commitment between a top group of Michigan, Tennessee and Texas.

    The Vols’ 2023 recruiting class stays at No. 12 nationally on 247sports following Gibson’s commitment. Matthews following Gibson’s lead and choosing Tennessee would catapult the Vols to No. 10 in the 247sports team rankings.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.