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2020 Tennessee Commit Gains 4-star Status

Another evaluation that seems to have paid off for Tennessee.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 31 Georgia State at Tennessee Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Back in April, this is what I wrote about then-brand new Tennessee commit Jimmy Calloway, who was tabbed as the 787th overall player in the nation at that point in time.

Truthfully, Calloway looks like a blue-chip type of player. He’s raw and needs refinement, but he has all the necessary tools to be a star at the next level.

There’s a couple reasons he might be under-ranked. Firstly, his team isn’t that good. Any time a school has one player in five roles, chances are that he’s one of their only great players. They even missed the playoffs in the year that he won both the aforementioned awards. If he just recently started going to recruiting camps, that’s basically the only way a lot of the services would know about him.

Secondly, it’s April. Rankings aren’t very good at this point and will be wildly shifting over the coming summer months. Now that Calloway is committed to a major school and is publicly known, recruiting services will have the chance to go over his film and reevaluate where they rank him.

On September 20th, it seems like Calloway finally got the attention he deserved. 247Sports updated some of their rankings and a few players launched up the recruiting boards. Of the players highlighted, Calloway made the biggest leap—and it’s not even close.

They bumped Calloway’s ranking up 724 spots. According to 247Sports, he is now the 198th overall player in the nation. That was enough to cause his composite score to rise 232 spots, making him the 335th overall player in that ranking. Calloway is now a composite 4-star and the seventh blue-chip recruit in Tennessee’s class.

Here was their justification for the rise:

The Tennessee pledge is making plays all over the field early on in his senior season. Calloway lines up at quarterback, receiver, safety, punt returner and even place kicker for his high school team. The 5-foot-11, 166-pounder has impressed with his multi-faceted skill set– he’s physical and flies around the field. Calloway could play multiple spots at the next level, most likely at defensive back or receiver. Regardless of where he ends up, we like what we’ve seen from the new four-star. Calloway makes the move into the Top247, debuting at No. 197 overall.

Anyone who follows Tennessee recruiting knows that this staff has an eye for talent. How it translates on Saturday’s is still in question, but it’s a well established fact that Jeremy Pruitt and his coaches know what to look for in recruits.

Calloway would likely come in and contribute at wide receiver for the Volunteers. However, with how impressive he has looked early in the season, Calloway will probably begin his collegiate career as a true athlete. Whichever position he feels comfortable in, they will have him play.

Now, Tennessee just has to make sure that he signs the dotted line when the day rolls around.