Tennessee football recruiting: Vols lose out on second in-state prospect in two days

Tennessee football lost out on another in-state prospect. Three-star athlete Jarek Campbell picked the Louisville Cardinals over the Volunteers.

One day after three-star running back Master Teague committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes over the Vols, Tennessee football lost out on another Murfreesboro prospect.

Jarek Campbell, a three-star athlete for the 2018 class, committed to Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals on Monday.

Campbell announced his commitment Monday morning on Twitter.

Campbell, a 6’0″ 185-pound prospect out of Riverdale High School, will likely play wide receiver or in the secondary in college.

His commitment comes on the heels of an article written by fellow All for Tennessee writer Colby Howell raising concerns about in-state prospects leaving again.

However, while Butch Jones and the Vols wanted both prospects, it’s important to note that they aren’t huge losses.

Neither players is a Top 10 player in the state by Rivals standards. And while Teague was a bit of a loss, Campbell doesn’t even draw a national ranking as an athlete.

So these are not reasons to panic yet. As Howell noted, Teague was more about depth at running back for the next class.

And to be honest, Campbell is mostly about depth too. There’s a chance one or both of them work out at the next level.

But this is not like last year when Butch Jones missed out on Tee Higgins, Jacoby Stevens, and Jacob Phillips. They were the only three five-stars in the state according to Rivals.

This year, he’s already locked in the only Rivals five-star in the state in offensive linemanCade Mays.

In fact, he’s already got two of the top five players in the state committed, three of top 10, and five of the top 15. Six are still available.

On top of that, among the 12 players who are four or five-star recruits in the state according to Rivals, Jones has secured four of them. And five are still available.

So Campbell’s commitment adds insult to injury for a mildly bad story but not one to panic about.