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Tennessee Football has landed the commitment of 2024 four-star wide receiver J.J. Harrell from Mississippi, On3’s Hayes Fawcett first reported Monday.
Harrell is a 6’2″, 185-pound wideout from Sardis, Mississippi, and ranks as a four-star on 247, Rivals and On3.
Harrell chooses Tennessee over nearly every SEC school, including Alabama and Georgia, as the North Panola High School product received offers from eight other SEC schools, according to his 247 page. Among those eight schools were in-state schools Ole Miss and Mississippi State, as well.
In addition to football, Harrell played basketball in high school and averaged nine points per game during his sophomore basketball season.
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Harrell becomes the fifth commit on the 2024 class for Tennessee and the first wide receiver. Harrell joins ATH Jonathan Echols, DL Carson Gentle, CB Kaleb Beasley, and ATH Marcus Gore Jr as the five commits in the 2024 class that currently ranks as a Top 15 class, according to On3.
Tennessee’s wide receiver corps will likely look a lot different heading into 2024 than it does now, but the Vols have a solid core that Harrell will join next fall. Squirrel White is entering a key sophomore season, Oregon transfer WR Dont’e Thornton will be able to return for another year, and four-star WR Nathan Leacock is joining the Vols this fall. If all three of those are Volunteers in the fall of 2024, along with Harrell, Tennessee’s wide receiver room will remain as one of the most complete in the country.
Landing Harrell is indicative of the impact Kelsey Pope has had for Tennessee since taking over as the WR coach last offseason. In year one at the position, Tennessee had their first Biletnikoff Winner in program history in Jalin Hyatt, and, when healthy, Bru McCoy and Cedric Tillman were dominate outside options for the Big Orange offense.