Tennessee added two more four-star receivers on the traditional signing day date, inking Dee Beckwith and Malachi Wideman. Both guys bring something that Tennessee really needed — size. Both stand in at 6-5, giving the Volunteers some nice contrast to the smaller, speedier guys that they’ve already signed in their 2020 class.
Wide Receivers coach Tee Martin broke each guy down after the papers came in. First up, Dee Beckwith, a two-sport prospect from Alabama.
“Size and overall, just about being able to do just about anything you want a young man to do on the football field,” Martin said of Beckwith. “Dee has lined up at quarterback, running back, inside/outside receiver, he’s played defense, he’s done a little bit of everything.”
The 6-5, 215 pound prospect has been rumored to be a potential fit at the tight end position down the road. But to start his stay at Tennessee, he’ll play at receiver, Martin confirmed.
“He’s going to start off in our wide receiver room, hopefully he ends up in our receiver room,” Martin said.
Beckwith is the 358th ranked player in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports.
Malachi Wideman was the second addition of the day, further bolstering Tennessee’s receiver room. Wideman flipped from Florida State, bringing even more size to the table for the Volunteers. The 6-5, 197 pound receiver comes in just outside of 247Sports’ top 100 players, checking in at 116th overall.
Another football/basketball star, Wideman is looking to bring some of that elite ‘bounce’ to the Tennessee offense.
“Overall athleticism and size,” Martin said when asked about what he likes about Wideman. “6-4, 195 pounds, can run, can catch the ball over people’s heads. That’s something that we became known for last season. We lost that with Marquez Callaway and Jauan Jennings, we’ll pick that up with Malachi signing with us.”
Wideman is also a top 150 prospect on the basketball court. Martin mentioned that ability in the video, and added that Pruitt and Rick Barnes were in touch about Wideman.
“Coach Barnes is going to love this guy,” Martin said. “Coach Pruitt and his staff had a chance to see him play a basketball game and he called Coach Barnes from the game. Unbelievable overall athlete.”
Both Wideman and Beckwith could explore the possibility of playing for the basketball team, though they likely wouldn’t be able to join until January, pending a bowl appearance.
Tennessee went two for two today, bringing the 2020 class up to 23 members. The only thing left to watch now is the Zachary Evans situation, which will likely push into March.