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Several Tennessee commitments rise and fall as 247Sports updates their 2021 prospect rankings

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NCAA Football: Tennessee at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

As you probably know by now, the recruiting industry is a fluid one. Evaluations are done over time, and sometimes it simply does take time to get everyone in their right slots and rankings. Even then, this is a business predicated around projecting 16-18 year olds — it’s a far from perfect science, and understandably so.

As recruiting season pushes on, you’ll see guys shoot up and down these rankings, for a variety of potential reasons. Even now with camps and other activities being put on hold, 247Sports updated their rankings and shifted a few Tennessee commitments around. Here’s how things look now.

QB Kaidon Salter: Previously #90, now #61 overall

The four-star dual-threat quarterback from Texas emerged as Tennessee’s top target at the position this spring, getting on campus for a visit just before the hold on recruiting was placed. That turned out to pay dividends for Tennessee, which now has a solid, top 100 prospect at the position.

TE Miles Campbell: Earns 4th star, moves up to No. 10 ranked TE

Campbell’s fourth star had been rumored for a couple of weeks, now today it comes true. He’s part of a trio of commitments at the position for Tennessee, but offers the most upside as a receiving tight end or even potentially as a ‘big slot’ receiver. The 6-3, 240 pound prospect is now top 20 in the state of Georgia.

TE Hudson Wolfe: Moves from No. 22 to No. 17 TE

Tennessee’s newest commit is ranked higher by Rivals, but 247Sports closed the gap some today, pushing Wolfe up their tight end board. The 6-6 rising senior is the 24th commitment of Tennessee’s 2021 class.

RB Jaylen Wright: Moves from No. 38 to No. 30 RB

The track-star running back from North Carolina committed to Tennessee this spring and moves up the board today. He’s added several offers since his commitment, so it will be interesting to see if he sticks with the Vols considering their now very crowded 2021 class.

RB Cody Brown: Moves down from No. 9 to No. 16 RB

Brown keeps his four-star status, but tumbles down the running back board here. The 6-0, 227 pound back was a fringe top 100 prospect before this update. He was a part of a flurry of commitments to Tennessee in the spring, pushing the Volunteers to the nation’s No. 2 ranked class. Brown is now the 14th ranked player in the state of Georgia.

OT Colby Smith: Moves down from No. 130 to No. 232 overall

Another piece of that mad dash of commitments in the spring, Smith moves down a full 100 spots here nationally. The four-star tackle remains Tennessee’s only offensive lineman to this point in their 2021 class.