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Tennessee Target Trey Knox Commits to Arkansas

A crowded class complicated the recruitment.

NCAA Football: Florida at Tennessee Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

4-star wide receiver Trey Knox committed to Arkansas on Monday afternoon, choosing the Razorbacks over teams like Tennessee, Florida, and others.

Knox is an in-state prospect that plays at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro. He’s a mid to low 4-star according to 247Sports Composite, ranking as the 29th receiver in the class and 191st prospect overall.

Tennessee was a solid contender for most of his recruitment and received multiple visits throughout the year. Florida was also involved in the recruitment later on, but in the end it came down to Arkansas and the Volunteers for his final word.

While Tennessee liked him as a prospect and would’ve preferred to have him in the class, they did not make Knox a priority like Arkansas did. Knox is a possession receiver with good hands and physicality, but there are questions about how his speed and athleticism will translate to the next level. In the end Tennessee simply did not feel that Knox was a must-win battle on the trail, especially not with a 2019 class that is already crowded.

Tennessee would ideally like to take one more receiver in the class. They already have 4-star receiver Ramel Keyton committed, and he’s viewed as a clear standout of the group.

Tennessee is a contender for 4-star Khafre Brown and 3-star JUCO JaVonta Payton, both of whom have the speed that Tennessee is looking for with its receiving corps. Payton is committed to Ole Miss at the moment.