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Damarius McGhee decommits from Tennessee

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A big loss for the class.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

On Thanksgiving evening, Tennessee got some bad news on the recruiting front. It’s understandable, considering the 2-5 start to the 2020 season and the noise suddenly surrounding Jeremy Pruitt.

Top cornerback prospect Damarius McGhee announced his decommitment from Tennessee late on Thursday afternoon, leaving the Volunteers with a need at the position once again.

McGhee committed to Tennessee this summer, picking the Volunteers over Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia and Miami in July. It’s a big disappointment for Tennessee with the Early Signing Period set to open in less than a month.

The 6-1 defensive back is a top 100 player in the class, per 247Sports. He’s ranked 89th overall in the class and rated as the eighth best cornerback in the nation. McGhee comes out of Pensacola, Florida.

Tennessee is back to 26 commitments in the class. They’re left with just a couple of options that could play cornerback as things currently stand, with guys like Jay Jones and Christian Charles still in the boat.

LSU is considered a new player for McGhee, with Ole Miss, Miami and Georgia remaining in the mix. His recruitment is one to watch over the next month, and potentially beyond if he doesn’t decide by the early period.