Tennessee Beats Georgia, Alabama, Clemson & USC For Elite Top 5 Recruit

In a surprising and very significant decision, five-star wide receiver Mike Matthews announced his commitment to the University of Tennessee.

The versatile young talent, who excels in football, basketball, and track, is expected to make an enormous impact on the Volunteers roster under offensive-minded Head Coach Josh Heupel.

Hailing from Parkview High School in Georgia, Matthews’ commitment strengthens an already formidable 2024 recruiting class for the Vols – currently ranked 14th by ESPN.

With his addition, Tennessee now boasts an impressive total of nine ESPN 300 commits.

Ranked as the fifth-best overall prospect, Matthews is the highest-ranked signee for the Volunteers since the addition of offensive tackle Darnell Wright in 2019.

His five-star status marks a significant achievement for the program, the first of its kind since the commitments of Wanya Morris and Darnell Wright.

The decision to choose Tennessee was not for Matthews, considering significant interest from powerhouse programs such as Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, and USC.

As it turns out, his late-June visit to Knoxville ultimately solidified his decision.

“I had a great time during my official visit to Tennessee. The atmosphere was electrifying, and the coaching staff made me feel right at home,” Matthews stated. “I see a lot of potential in this program, and I believe we can accomplish great things together.”

Matthews has already made several trips to Tennessee, indicating the program’s undeniable appeal. Notably, he was present for the Volunteers’ unforgettable 52-49 victory over the Crimson Tide last October.

He also attended a junior day in January and observed spring practice in April.

Among the highlights of his previous visits was the opportunity to sit down with Volunteers wide receivers coach Kelsey Pope. Matthews expressed his admiration, calling it “the best part” of his January visit.

With Matthews now in the fold, Tennessee’s future offensive attack is set to reach new heights. The team already boasts an FBS-leading total offense of 525.5 yards per game, along with a formidable fifth-place standing nationally in passing yards (326.1 YPG).

The future will assumingly be just as proficient. 

Last season, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete displayed remarkable versatility and prowess on the field, reeling in 48 passes for 1,031 yards and recording an impressive 10 touchdowns as a receiver.

Additionally, he showcased his defensive capabilities with 23 tackles and two interceptions as a safety.

Coach Heupel expressed his excitement about the latest addition to the roster. “Mike is an exceptional athlete with incredible skills in multiple sports. We believe he will be a game-changer for us and help elevate our program to new heights.”

Are you impressed with Heupel and the Vols winning Matthews over against such stiff competition?

Will Tennessee one day soon be at the same level of Alabama and Georgia?