Tennessee’s immediate need at the receiver position has yet to be addressed in the 2020 class. Quite honestly, it’s been a struggle to this point for the Vols, but things may be beginning to turn around. Now armed with some legitimate momentum on the recruiting trail, Tennessee has circled back around to a couple of prospects that committed elsewhere — Jalin Hyatt being one of them.
The four-star receiver out of Irmo, South Carolina was committed to Virginia Tech until Sunday. Hyatt chose to back out of that commitment, following a visit to Tennessee just a week before.
Tennessee is looking to replace snaps in 2020 for Jauan Jennings, Marquez Callaway, Tyler Byrd and Brandon Johnson. The Vols have swung and missed several times during this cycle, but seem to have some momentum now with guys like Rakim Jarrett and Jalin Hyatt.
Hyatt is the 257th ranked prospect in the 2020 class, according to 247 Sports. He’s the 52nd ranked receiver in the class and the 6th rated player in the state of South Carolina. He attends the same high school that produced Tennessee cornerback Bryce Thompson.
Hyatt stands in at 6-0, 162 pounds, but offers something that you can’t teach — a verified 4.31 time in the 40 yard dash. He recorded the time at a regional event for The Opening in April. Hyatt used that speed to rack up 71 catches for 1,316 yards and 21 touchdowns during his 2018 season.
The speedster picked up his Tennessee offer back in January and has seen Knoxville two times since. Can the Vols final close the deal and add some gamebreaking speed to the offense?