Tennessee beat out Georgia last season for five-star tackle Darnell Wright. In 2018, Georgia beat Tennessee out for five-star tackle Cade Mays. In the 2019 class, the two schools are fighting it out for highly-touted four-star tackle Tate Ratledge.
Ratledge narrowed his options to just two on Wednesday — Tennessee or Georgia. He also announced a commitment date of May 13th.
The Rome, Georgia native is the 39th overall prospect in the 2020 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings. Ratledge is the 5th rated tackle in the class and the 6th ranked prospect out of the state of Georgia.
Tennessee pulled in two five-star tackles in Wanya Morris and Darnell Wright last year, along with three star tackle Chris Akporoghene. They also added four-star guard Jackson Lampley and three-star guard Melvin McBride. Finally, the numbers are starting to get back to what they’re supposed to be on the offensive line in Knoxville. With all of that being said, there’s still an opportunity to crack the lineup early on at Tennessee.
The 6-6, 311 pound tackle is a former tight end, gifted with prototypical size and quickness for the position. He’s been a consistent presence on campus this spring at both Tennessee and Georgia, attending both spring games at each school.
Georgia currently holds two crystal ball projections for Ratledge, while Tennessee holds one from SBNation’s own Bud Elliott. You can probably expect those to move over the next few days.