One of the Tennessee Vols‘ top 2023 recruiting targets is five-star wide receiver Carnell Tate.

Tate, 6-foot-2/185 lbs from Chicago (he attends IMG Academy in Florida), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 3 wide receiver in the country and the No. 7 player in the state of Florida. He’s also rated as the No. 28 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class.

The talented wide receiver spoke to 247Sports this week about his recruitment. Tate revealed that he’s made his college decision, but he’s not quite ready to announce it yet.

Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Tennessee are Tate’s three finalists.

“They have a great winning atmosphere,” said Tate of the program he’s chosen. “A great coaching staff and great player development, and a great offense that fits me.”

Tate also spoke a bit about why he likes the Vols.

“Tennessee has an air-raid offense,” explained Tate. “It’s a receiver’s dream to get the ball almost every play and stuff like that. They have Coach (Kelsey) Pope who has the heart of the players. The players vouch for him every day.”

Tennessee certainly matches the description of the program that Tate says he’s decided on.

Tate, however, had positive things to say about Ohio State, too. The coveted five-star recruit described the Buckeyes’ offense as “receiver friendly”.

This feels like a battle between Tennessee and Ohio State, though we can’t necessarily count out the Fighting Irish.

The Vols have made Tate a priority. And five-star Vols commit Nico Iamaleava, one of the top 2023 quarterbacks in the nation, has certainly turned up the heat on Tate in recent weeks.

My gut feeling is that Tennessee will be the choice for Tate. Ohio State has made things interesting, but I think Knoxville is where Tate feels most comfortable.

It sounds like Tate’s decision could drop at any point in the next couple of weeks.

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