If there’s one position group Jeremy Pruitt and his defensive coaching staff have worked the hardest to bring in players to fit their system, it’s hard to argue that any position rates as a higher priority for the Volunteers coaching staff than the defensive backfield.

That trend continues to roll on as the Vols just landed a commitment from Florida defensive back Damarius McGhee of Pensacola Catholic High School.

The 6-foot-1, 162-pound Pensacola, Fla., native is rated as a three-star prospect, the No. 26 cornerback in the nation and a top 400 overall prospect in the 2021 recruiting cycle according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. Interestingly, McGhee is rated as the No. 8 cornerback in the nation and a top 90 overall prospect by 247Sports but his composite ranking is much lower, suggesting one service has yet to properly evaluate Tennessee’s new commit.

Considering his ranking, McGhee is on the cusp of ranking as a four-star prospect and is currently the highest-rated recruit committed to Tennessee’s recruiting class, which ranks among the top 5 recruiting classes in the nation. Tennessee holds 24 commitments in the 2021 recruiting cycle following McGhee’s pledge to join the program.

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To get an idea of what McGhee brings to the Tennessee program, check out his junior season highlight reel below.

Tennessee’s 2021 Recruiting Class

Player
Rank/Position
Stars
State
Terrence Lewis
#1 outside linebacker
5-star
Florida
Dylan Brooks
#1 weak side DE
4-star
Alabama
Aaron Willis
#10 outside linebacker
4-star
Maryland
Kaemen Marley
#5 athlete
4-star
North Carolina
Cody Brown
#9 running back
4-star
Georgia
KaTron Evans
#10 defensive tackle
4-star
Maryland
Hudson Wolfe
#9 tight end
4-star
Tennessee
Kaidon Salter
#10 dual-threat QB
4-star
Texas
Julian Nixon
#43 receiver
4-star
Georgia
Jordan Mosley
#44 receiver
4-star
Alabama
Damarius McGhee
#26 cornerback
3-star
Florida
Tiyon Evans
#1 running back (JUCO)
3-star
South Carolina
Miles Campbell
#20 tight end
3-star
Georgia
Trinity Bell
#37 athlete
3-star
Alabama
Walker Merrill
#71 receiver
3-star
Tennessee
Roc Taylor
#33 athlete
3-star
Alabama
Colby Smith
#33 offensive tackle
3-star
North Carolina
De’Shawn Rucker
#41 safety
3-star
Florida
Jaylen Wright
#39 running back
3-star
North Carolina
Darrell Jackson
#43 strong side DE
3-star
Florida
Elijah Howard
#45 running back
3-star
Tennessee
Edwin White
#45 safety
3-star
Alabama
Isaac Washington
#41 defensive tackle
3-star
North Carolina
Jay Jones
#66 cornerback
3-star
Alabama