Tennessee football: Five most underrated recruits in Vols 2020 class

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839. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Madison, Miss.. Jimmy Holiday. Athlete. 2. player

Out of Madison High School in Mississippi, Jimmy Holiday brings another element to Tennessee football’s group of wide receivers that has not existed through Jeremy Pruitt’s first two years. Holiday brings immediate speed, allowing Jim Chaney a slot guy to help spread out the field even more than he was able to do this past year. It’s hard to underestimate how big of a deal that is.

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At 6’1″ 180 pounds, Holiday runs an amazing 4.38 40-time coming out of high school. So he’s already an insane speedster, and he’s got a solid amount of size to go with it. Why, then, is he listed as a three-star across all services? Well, it’s because he primarily played quarterback in high school, and that’s also why he is listed as an athlete.

Holiday didn’t get the chance to fully showcase his elite skills at wide receiver, and there are questions about how well he has mastered the fundamentals. There’s one way to overcome that quickly, and he cashed in on that way by becoming an early enrollee. The spring should give Holiday and Pruitt a head start on figuring out what’s best for him.

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By the way, don’t count out his ability to play quarterback either. With four pro-style guys on the roster this year now that Harrison Bailey has committed, Chaney may be looking for a dual-threat guy to switch things up. Simply put, that gives Holiday another avenue to potentially make an impact. His elite athleticism and early chance to master fundamentals make him underrated.