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Five-star receiver Rakim Jarrett talks Tennessee, Tee Martin

Tennessee has made up a lot of ground here.

Tennessee has found their footing with a couple of high profile targets in the 2020 class in recent weeks, including five-star receiver Rakim Jarrett. The Washington D.C. product visited Tennessee at the open of spring practice. The Vols have seemed to have the momentum with Jarrett ever since.

Jarrett’s crystal ball projections reflect that. After being a near 100 percent Ohio State lean a month ago, Tennessee has picked up three projections since.

Rivals spoke with Jarrett over the weekend about where things stand right now.

“Tennessee, LSU, Clemson, Ohio State,” was Jarrett’s answer when asked who had been recruiting him the hardest. “Coach Tee Martin, he’s probably one of the most down to earth guys. His development he had for his players back at S.C. And (Tennessee) has four senior receivers leaving, so that’s a big plus also.”

Marquez Callaway, Jauan Jennings, Brandon Johnson and Tyler Byrd will all depart after the 2019 season, leaving Josh Palmer and guys like Ramel Keyton, Jacquez Jones and Cedric Tillman. There would absolutely be an opportunity for Jarrett to play early in Knoxville.

Tennessee has already secured another piece of the 2020 puzzle, earning a commitment from four-star passer Harrison Bailey. According to Jarrett, he’s hearing from Bailey quite a bit these days.

“Harrison, he probably texts me every day about Tennessee,” Jarrett told Rivals. “He’s a real cool guy. We played each other last year and he talked about me coming to school with him.”

Jarrett stands in at 6-0, 190 pounds. He’s the 16th ranked player in the 2020 class, checking in as the 2nd ranked receiver prospect in the country, according to 247 Sports.