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4-star tight end Hudson Wolfe commits to Tennessee

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A renewed push helped Tennessee make up ground.

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A top-10 player in the state of Tennessee is staying home and heading to Knoxville. 4-star tight end Hudson Wolfe committed to Tennessee Monday morning.

Tennessee spent much of this recruitment playing catch up. Savannah is Big Orange country through and through, but for whatever reason it seemed that schools like Ole Miss and Ohio State had pulled ahead for Wolfe. There was some discussion a few months ago about Wolfe leaning towards Tennessee but ultimately being persuaded to look around and weigh all his options. When Tennessee took commitments from tight ends Roc Taylor, Miles Campbell, and Trinity Bell, the conventional wisdom was that the staff had moved on. Instead, Wolfe’s commitment signals that Tennessee is still going after their top targets, and they’re expecting attrition from at least 1 or 2 of their current commitments.

Wolfe will enter college with near prototypical size and frame. He’s 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, essentially putting him very close to the ideal size for a tight end. He still hasn’t filled out his frame either, and it’s a distinct possibility that Wolfe turns into an offensive tackle in a couple years.

While his size is the strongest feature so far, that doesn’t mean Wolfe is lacking in others. He shows great hands and deceptive speed for someone his size, while also displaying solid ability after the catch. Some of his advantages are simply being bigger than his competition, but the tools are all there to be a force of nature over the middle of the field.

The one real knock on Wolfe is that his best projection as a player isn’t what he’s playing right now. Someone like Wolfe you would prefer as an in-line tight end who can make waves as a run blocker. His tape shows that he can do that, but more of it is devoted to a flex role where he plays a lot like a wide receiver. The versatility isn’t the problem here—it’s the relative inexperience at his likely best position.

Wolfe is ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the 225th best player nationally and the 9th best tight end. He is also the No. 6 player in the state of Tennessee. With his commitment, Tennessee maintains their No. 3 class ranking. The Volunteers now have 24 commitments and four from tight ends.