Tennessee football: Five most underrated recruits in Vols 2020 class

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Athlete. 4. player. 839. Pick Analysis. Damarcus Beckwith. Scouting Report. Florence, Ala.

Although he is a four-star on ESPN, Dee Beckwith is a three-star across most recruiting services, most notably on Rivals, which is the site we like to rely on. Beckwith committed to Tennessee football on National Signing Day, something that was not too unexpected. What people are overlooking, though, is the immediate value he will be able to provide for the Vols.

There are three factors with Beckwith holding him back. First, he hasn’t been able to shine at one pure position yet since he’s been an athlete. Second, he’s seen as a tweener between tight end and wide receiver due to his 6’5″ 215-pound frame. Finally, he hasn’t focused on refining his skills because he also played basketball in high school.

However, Beckwith has an insane amount of raw talent. Beckwith’s coach at Florence High School, Will Hester, told VolsWire that he runs a 4.5 40-time. So he’s no tweener. He has the speed to immediately line up at wide receiver and display incredible size. Without an official report, he’s also touted for his vertical. Simply put, Beckwith has Jauan Jenning-like skills on deep balls.

Taking that into account, Beckwith could immediately play with the departures at wideout. If he does transition over to tight end, which is possible, he could already be used there simply because of the receiving mismatch he provides and the recent loss of Dominick Wood-Anderson. So he’s got all the tools to be an elite athlete, and he should be closer to a five-star than a three-star.