Where Tennessee Football’s 2023 Recruiting Class Ranks Following Pair Of Key Commitments

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    After a quiet four week stretch, Tennessee football recruiting gained a pair of crucial commitments over the last two days.

    Vols’ defensive backs coach Willie Martinez bolstered his group by adding a pair of cornerbacks: Rickey Gibson and Jordan Matthews.

    Gibson committed to Tennessee over Georgia and Penn State on Sunday and becomes the Vols’ second defensive back commit from the “Yellow Hammer State”.

    The 6-foot corner ranks as 461st best player and 43rd best corner in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    Matthews committed to Tennessee a day later, surprising the recruiting world by choosing the Vols over Texas and Michigan. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native ranks as the No. 139 player in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings.

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    The commitments moved Tennessee up the recruiting rankings with the season right around the corner. The Vols currently have 21 verbal commitments with 11 on the offensive side and 12 on the defensive side of the ball.

    Let’s see where Tennessee’s 2023 recruiting class ranks according to different recruiting outlets


    • No. 11 nationally
    • No. 5 in the SEC


    • No. 13 nationally
    • No. 5 in the SEC


    • No. 10 nationally
    • No. 5 in the SEC

    While there’s differing views of where Tennessee’s recruiting class stacks up nationally, they rank fifth in the Southeastern Conference across all three rankings.

    Josh Heupel’s second full recruiting class comes in behind Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Florida in all three rankings. Arkansas and South Carolina boast the two highest ranked recruiting classes in the conference behind Tennessee.


    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.