Tennessee football recruiting got its 12th pickup for 2020 on Friday. Maryville, Tenn. running back Tee Hodge committed to the Volunteers.
Jeremy Pruitt continued the red-hot streak on the recruiting trail for Tennessee football Friday, securing a commitment from the first running back in the Vols’ 2020 class. And he’s another in-state guy.
Tee Hodge, who comes out of Maryville High School in Maryville, Tenn., committed to Rocky Top Friday afternoon. He’s the Vols’ 12th commitment in the class and their fourth from within the state of Tennessee.
Coming from East Tennessee, Hodge could join a stable of running backs that includes Ty Chandler of Middle Tennessee and Jeremy Banks and Eric Gray out of West Tennessee if they all stay in the program next year. He announced his commitment to Tennessee football on Twitter.
A three-star on Rivals, Hodge is the No. 28 ranked player nationally at his position and the No. 17 ranked player overall within the state. He is built like a power back, more in the mold of Banks, with his 6’2″ 230-pound frame.
That’s exactly the type of running back Pruitt needed for the future to continue to keep that part of his offense stacked. When Banks is a junior, Hodge will be a freshman and ready to step in. He’s a huge pickup as a result. Here’s a look at his highlight reel.
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As you can see, Hodge actually has great cut moves, vision, and speed along with his size. Being able to play outside linebacker in addition to running back allows a level of versatility that could make him a complete player.
In fact, looking at his highlight reel, you start to wonder why he’s only a three-star on Rivals. His raw athleticism and feel for the game make him look like a high four-star or even five-star. The only question may be his level of competition, but his abilities are incredible.
It’s clear Tennessee football got a huge pickup with Hodge. They already were back in the top 25 with their recruiting class before he committed, and they’re likely to rise a bit more. Pruitt continues to secure the state while going national, and Hodge adds to that formula.