The strategy of Jeremy Pruitt’s 2021 recruiting class appears to be as simple as recruiting every high rated player in the country and getting their pledge. The Vols have an incredible 23 commits for 2021 after dipping into North Carolina to gain the pledge of athlete prospect Kaemen Marley.
By Steve Wright
Marley, a 6-foot-2, 206-pounder, is a 4-star recruit who is the No. 5 athlete and the No. 146 overall player in the class per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He plays his high school ball at Eastern Randolph High School in North Carolina and he picked Tennessee over the likes of Wisconsin, UNC, and Kentucky.
Marley will likely have a shot at a couple of positions with the Vols. As a junior, he picked up 814 receiving yards and 396 rushing yards on offense, while also contributing three interceptions on defense. He also punts for his high school, though this would seem to be something of a waste of his talent at the next level. All signs point towards Marley first being worked out at WR for Tennessee based on reports from 247Sports.
Marley is a player with a lot of room for growth at the college level. He plays at a smaller high school in North Carolina and it is obvious from his tape that he is the best player on the field every single play, regardless of if it’s offense, defense, or special teams. He relies on his athletic ability right now, but flashes in his film show the type of talent that he can become with the right coaching.
The first play on the video shows what Marley can do as an athlete. He pulls down a badly thrown pass with a crazy leap, before throwing three defenders to the floor and juking another. Later plays show both his ability to catch the ball and his run after catch ability, along with his ability to read the game and make hits or break on the ball as a defensive back.