Jeremy Pruitt’s Tennessee coaching staff continues to mine the state of Georgia for elite talent, something that will be critical to their ultimate success or failure on Rocky Top, but thus far, the returns have been outstanding in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
The Volunteers currently hold commits from five-star offensive lineman Wanya Morris, four-star tight end Jackson Lowe, promising three-star tight end Sean Brown and have just added four-star receiver Ramel Keyton to the mix following his Wednesday commitment.
The 6-foot-3, 186-pound Keyton has been described as a “dominant player” by his high school coach and that adulation seems justified considering he’s registered 2,641 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore and a junior for Marietta High School.
SDS’s Dan Harralson, found on Twitter @danharralson, recently caught up with Marietta High School head coach Richard Morgan to discuss the type of player Tennessee is getting in Keyton.
“He has led the state of Georgia the last two years – the most catches, most yards, most touchdown receptions,” Morgan said. “He is obviously a dominant player with great ball skills and runs great routes. He is also a good blocker. He is a complete player and dominated as a sophomore and junior, and we are looking for that again this year.”
The Marietta coach offered up this take when asked what kind of player Keyton at the high school level.
“In our offensive system, all of our guys line up all over the place,” Morgan answered. “He has played slot, on the outside, everywhere just to change the primary receiver or to get him in a better spot to get the ball, we move our guys around in our spread offense.
“He is one of our quieter guys and lets his play do the talking. He is very competitive and a fierce competitor.”
Considering Pruitt has been recruiting the state of Georgia for years, Morgan is well aware of who Tennessee’s head coach is. Here is what Marietta’s head coach offered up to Harralson about Pruitt.
“I have known Pruitt for years and half of his staff, too, and have a good relationship with them. Pruitt is outstanding and is a good leader and has Tennessee going in the right direction,” Morgan continued. “Kids like him and Tennessee football is on the rise.”
With the success Tennessee’s staff is having in the state of Georgia right now, those are more than just bold words — there’s plenty of substance behind what Pruitt and his staff are accomplishing this spring on Rocky Top.