Could Tennessee Be Back In The Thick Of Carnell Tate’s Recruitment?

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    Five-star Tennessee quarterback commit Nico Iamaleava started some buzz and speculation this week when he posted a picture of himself and four-star Ohio State receiver commit Carnell Tate on his Instagram story.

    On3 recruiting expert Chad Simmons provided more buzz Wednesday, saying not to count out the Vols when it comes to the Ohio State commit.

    “One time I thought he was a Tennessee lean,” Simmons said on the Simmons Scoop. “Went back towards Ohio State late before committing to the Buckeyes earlier this summer. Don’t think he’s done just yet. Tennessee, there’s some chatter, there’s some buzz behind the scenes that communication has picked back up with the coaching staff in Knoxville. At one time, I was about 80% sure that Tate was going to end up at Tennessee.”

    Tate is close with Iamaleava and the Tennessee quarterback commit has continued to peer recruit him according to Simmons.

    The 6-foot-2 receiver unofficially visited Tennessee three times and officially visited once before committing to Ohio State over the Vols.

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    While Simmons spotlighted Tennessee in Tate’s recruitment, the talented receiver is still committed to Ohio State and the Buckeyes still have plenty of things going in their favor in Tate’s recruitment.

    “He has that connection with (Ohio State receiver’s coach) Brian Hartline,” Simmons said. “Ohio State obviously has produced wide receivers. He’s from the midwest, Chicago, area. He close friends with (Ohio State receiver commit) Brandon Innis. There’s a lot still that helps Ohio State here and he’s still committed. Nothing’s changed there. There’s just been more talk according to my sources between Tennessee and Carnell Tate. Definitely something to watch.”

    Tate ranks as the No. 58 player and No. 11 receiver in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    The Chicago native plays his high school football at Florida’s IMG Academy. If the Vols were to pull a stunner and flip Tate from Ohio State, getting him on campus for a visit this fall is a major step.

    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.