The Tennessee football program has lost another former highly-ranked prospect this offseason — this one is much less of a surprise, however. Malachi Wideman, a former top 100 overall player, is no longer with the Tennessee football program.
Wideman had been rumored to be on the way out, and a Tennessee spokesman confirmed the news today. The 6-4, 200 pound receiver was expected to compete for playing time this fall, but it became evident during spring practice that something was going on. Wideman was reportedly dealing with a hamstring issue, but he wasn’t seen on the sidelines at the Orange and White Game to wrap up the spring.
Today, officially, Wideman is no longer a part of the team.
Tennessee was able to come in late and grab a commitment from the two-sport star, putting a bow on Tennessee’s class of 2020. Wideman was unable to make an impact with a crowded receiver room last year, but had every opportunity in front of him with a new staff this season.
Wideman joins Key Lawrence, Eric Gray, Henry To’o To’o, Quavaris Crouch and Wanya Morris as former top prospects to leave the program following the firing of Jeremy Pruitt.
Tennessee is left with Velus Jones Jr., Jalin Hyatt, Cedric Tillman, Jimmy Calloway, Ramel Keyton, Walker Merrill, Jimmy Holiday and Andison Coby as top options at receiver for this upcoming season.