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4-star running back Cody Brown commits to Tennessee

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More stars than a country road night sky.

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The seemingly endless amount of recruiting momentum for Tennessee football has resulted in yet another highly ranked commit. 4-star running back Cody Brown announced his commitment to Tennessee.

The Volunteers beat out fellow SEC teams like Auburn and Florida for his services. Brown hails from Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia, where he ran for a combined 3,264 yards and 45 touchdowns in the past two seasons. He is currently ranked as the 124th best player nationally and 9th best running back, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Brown reminds me of former Florida State running back Jacques Patrick. Both players look like they lumber out of the gate, but they have deceptive quickness at the line of scrimmage and an ability to out run a lot of defenders. They don’t have fast strides necessarily but they cover a lot of distance with the ones they do. Neither possess a top gear to finish off their runs. They are hard to bring down and break some sort of tackle on nearly every play.

Brown is also physically ready to contribute at the college level. He has a nice build for a power back and will need little strength and conditioning to reach his ideal form. He is also extremely productive in one of the toughest classifications in Georgia football. As a bonus, Brown is a good track and field athlete who did very well in Shot Put and Discus.

Tennessee’s class boasts four running backs in Cody Brown, Jaylen Wright, Tiyon Evans, and Elijah Howard. While there is a good chance at least one of those guys decommits, it should be noted that Tennessee will likely lose three running backs to graduation after the 2020 season (Carlin Fils-aime, Ty Chandler, Tim Jordan), and they might switch one of their current options to defense. So the numbers still work out.

With this announcement, Tennessee has now grabbed seven commitments in the past ten days. Five of those are blue chip players. Brown is the third highest ranked player in the 2021 Tennessee class to this point.

The Volunteers’ 2021 class ranks 3rd nationally and 1st in the SEC.