Tennessee beats out SEC, national powers to land commitment from Georgia TE Jackson Lowe
Tennessee just landed its third pledge of the week as Georgia tight end prospect Jackson Lowe announced his commitment to join Jeremy Pruitt’s Rocky Top program Friday afternoon. Elite 2020 prospect Kristian Story committed to the Vols on Thursday and under the radar 2018 DB prospect, Kenneth George Jr., announced himself as a late addition to Pruitt’s first Tennessee recruiting class over the weekend.
The 6-foot-5, 242-pound Carterville native currently ranks as a three-star prospect and the No. 16 tight end in the nation according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. Based on his wide range of scholarship offers, many of which were recently extended to Lowe, expect the Peach State native to take a big jump up the recruiting rankings by National Signing Day.
Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, and USC have all offered Lowe a scholarship since January, making him one of the most coveted prospects at the position in the nation in the 2019 recruiting cycle. Considering Clemson is heavily recruiting Lowe after signing his former quarterback Trevor Lawrence last recruiting cycle, Tennessee’s ability to land him is even more impressive.
SDS’s Dan Harralson (found on Twitter at @danharralson) recently caught up with Carterville head coach Joey King, who gave the following assessment on his star tight end:
“Jackson is a tight end that is very versatile. He helps you get in and out of different formations without changing personnel. He is good in the run game and pass game and we use him in both. He’s had a really good offseason in the weight room and is 6’5″, 240 right now.”
Harralson also received glowing remarks from the program’s wide receivers coach, Antwan Toomer, on Tennessee’s latest commitment: Lowe is a factor in both the run and pass game, being a “huge weapon in both aspects of the game.” Toomer also says that Lowe is “a great young man who could lighten up any room with his personality.”
In 12 games of action in 2017, Lowe caught 16 passes for 340 yards (21.3 yards per catch average) and six touchdowns. Lowe’s junior season highlight reel features his ability to make plays downfield in the passing game as well as his blocking skills in both the run and passing game.
Tennessee now has two firm commitments for 2019 as Lowe joins in-state offensive lineman Jackson Lampley as the first two prospects from the next signing class to commit to Jeremy Pruitt’s Volunteer program.