The addition of another high-profile engagement on Friday afternoon helped Tennessee continue its recent climb up the 247Sports Composite team recruitment rankings. After a sluggish start at the beginning of the year under the coach of the first year, Josh Heupel, the Vols have gradually moved up the rankings in recent months and finally made their way into the top 25 of the nationwide rankings less than two weeks ago. Now they are on the verge of cracking the top 15.
The four-star class of 2022 wide receiver Kaleb Webb of McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia announced his engagement in Tennessee Friday afternoon, choosing the Vols across Michigan and Louisville just five days after his split from East Carolina. The Top247 immediately advanced to one of the top-ranked players in the Vols’ class and enabled them to move up to 16th place nationally in the 247Sports Composite team ranking of the 2022 class.
Tennessee advanced ahead of Michigan State on the 6-foot, 2.5, 185-pound Webb. After his official visit to the Vols last weekend, he joined offensive lineman Addison Nichols of Norcross, Georgia, quarterback Tayven Jackson of Greenwood, Ind., And Edge Rusher Joshua Josephs of Kennesaw, Georgia as the fourth top247 contender in Tennessee Class.
Webb, a former under-the-radar contender, has added scholarship offers from a dozen schools since his senior season began. After a breakout year catching 83 passes for 1,601 yards and 18 touchdowns, he is now a four-star contender in the 247Sports Composite, where he is ranked the No. 312 overall contender and No. 48 wide receiver in the class 2022 and the No. 30 senior from the state of Georgia.
His addition gave Tennessee a team score of 214.29 and helped the Vols move ahead of the Spartans after they also recently topped 18th place by Virginia Tech. Tennessee is still number 7 of the 14 teams on the SEC, ahead of South Carolina, LSU, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Auburn, and Florida. The Vols are just 0.67 points behind number 15 in Arkansas and 6.16 points behind Clemson, which is currently number 14 in the country. No. 13 Kentucky is more than 13 points ahead of Tennessee.
Alabama is currently number 1 in the nation, with Georgia in second place and Texas A&M in third place. In addition to Kentucky and Arkansas, the Vols are also currently behind Missouri (11th).
Webb, who returned to Knoxville for the third time in less than two months last weekend, became the third prospect in the Atlanta area to get involved with the Vols in less than three weeks. They also landed cornerback Christian Harrison of Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia on November 29, after Josephs voted Tennessee over Kentucky and Michigan on November 22.
The Vols now have four projected wide receivers in their 2022 class. Webb is the highest ranked prospect among recipient commitments from Tennessee, a group that includes Cameron Miller of Memphis, Tennessee, Marquarius White of Pinson, Ala., And Chas Nimrod of Bentonville, Ark., And Chas Nimrod of Bentonville, Ark.