WATCH: Tennessee Commit Hauls In Long Touchdown

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    Jonathan Echols

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    Tennessee commit Jonathan Echols got his junior season started at IMG Academy on Friday.

    While IMG fell to Memphis’ Central High School, 20-14, Echols started the season strong. The blue-chip recruit hauled in a long touchdown pass as the future Vol tight end got behind the Central defense.

    Echols is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete that plays on both sides of the field in high school and could play either tight end or outside linebacker in college though Tennessee seemingly views him as a tight end.

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    The five-star recruit committed to Tennessee on July 4 after taking a late June unofficial visit to Knoxville. Echols became the first commit in the Vols’ 2024 recruiting class and is a great building block for Josh Heupel and his staff.

    Echols ranks as the No. 25 player and No. 4 athlete in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. 247sports own rankings view Echols as the No. 10 player in the country.

    While Echols plays his prep football at Bradenton, Florida’s IMG Academy, he is a Franklin, Georgia native and holds an offer from the home state Bulldogs.

    Chattanooga native Carson Gentle joined Echols as the second commit in Tennessee’s 10th ranked 2024 recruiting class.

    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.