Tennessee lost out on a big 2020 target on Monday morning. Four-star, top 50 overall prospect Tate Ratledge chose to stay in the state of Georgia, picking the Bulldogs. Ratledge narrowed it down to Georgia and Tennessee last week.
Ratledge is the 39th overall prospect in the 2020 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite. He is the 5th ranked tackle in the class and 6th ranked player in the state of Georgia. The 6-6, 311 pound offensive lineman is just the latest recruiting win for offensive line coach Sam Pittman at Georgia.
Five-star tackle Cade Mays decommitted from Tennessee back in the 2018 class and ended up joining the Bulldogs and Pittman.
“It is really where I felt the most comfortable,” Ratledge told 247 Sports. “It was where I thought I could get to where I want to be one day with Coach (Sam) Pittman and everyone else there.”
Tennessee loaded up on offensive line talent last year, adding five-star tackles Wanya Morris and Darnell Wright. They were also able to bolster depth with four-star guard Jackson Lampley, three-star tackle Chris Akporoghene and three-star guard Melvin McBride.
The Vols currently hold six commitments in their 2020 class, headlined by four-star quarterback Harrison Bailey.