The Tennessee Vols made a massive recruiting splash back in March when five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava committed to UT.
On Monday, the Volunteers made another huge addition, securing a commitment from 2024 five-star athlete Jonathan Echols.
The elite recruit chose Tennessee over Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami, and Texas, among many others.
Echols, 6-foot-4/230 lbs from Bradenton, FL (by way of Georgia), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 4 athlete in the nation and the No. 9 player in the state of Florida. He’s also rated as the No. 30 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class.
Here’s the scouting report on Echols from 247Sports:
Kind of a scout’s dream. Long and quick. Initially graded out as an EDGE, but has some position ambiguity to him having gotten snaps at quarterback, tight end, linebacker and wide receiver over the years in addition to defensive end. Tested exceptionally well the winter after sophomore season, going 4.8 on the lasers in the 40-yard dash at roughly 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. Also posted a 4.5 in the short shuttle to go along with a 120-inch broad jump and a 34-inch vertical jump. Owns a slender build now, but should eventually add plenty of mass given dimensions (81-inch wing span and 10-inch hands). As a pass rusher, flashes not only a nice get-off, but also the ability to bend while running the corner. Seems to be the most comfortable firing out of a two-point stance, but does have experience putting his hand in the dirt. When it comes to his outlook as a pass catcher, has shown that he can pick up chunks of yardage once the ball is in his hands.
It goes without saying that this is a huge pickup for the Vols — especially after missing on five-star offensive lineman Francis Mauigoa earlier on Monday (he committed to Miami over Tennessee).
Josh Heupel now has two five-star commits under his belt as the Vols’ head coach. They’re in good shape for another one, too. Five-star edge rusher Chandavian Bradley has the Vols in his final three, along with Texas A&M and South Carolina. That’s a recruiting battle that Tennessee should win.
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