After receiving a Tennessee scholarship offer in early February, Kaemen Marley scheduled to visit Flights this spring, and possibly again in summer. However, he did not have the opportunity to travel to Knoxville until the start of the recruitment gap in mid-March following the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the end, that didn’t stop him from deciding that he wanted to play at Tennessee.
The 2021 class four-star athlete from Eastern Randolph High School in Ramseur, North Carolina, announced on Wednesday evening that he had embarked on thefts, choosing Tennessee at the expense of North Carolina and from Kentucky.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Marley added to the recent Tennessee recruiting streak, giving the Flights their 13th entry since April 26 and their total 23rd entry for the 2021 class.
He is ranked # 146 overall and # 5 athlete in class 2021, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
Marley told Don Callahan of 247Sports in March that Tennessee was one of the teams that recruited him the most, along with North Carolina, NC State, Kentucky and Ohio, and that he was looking forward to to visit the Flights this spring to see for themselves what they had. to offer.
“I didn’t hear anything bad about it,” said Marley at the time. “I’ve always heard it is a good school, so I have to go there and see. “
He said at the time that the Tennessee coach Jeremy PruittHuman staff made it a priority – led by Jay Graham, a compatriot from North Carolina – since making an offer on February 1, letting him know that he is wanted in Knoxville and that Les Vols is looking forward to bringing him to campus.
“I spoke to all of them over the phone,” said Marley in March. “They were all in the room. But I don’t really remember all the names. They just want to get me up there and they told me they wanted me. I can come play and do what I need or wherever I need to go. And they want me to come over there and see the environment. “
This did not happen until the coronavirus outbreak resulted in the NCAA closing all recruitment visits in mid-March.
Marley has not been to university so far this year. He said he recently attended games in North Carolina and the state of North Carolina last season.
For this reason, he said in March that he did not think he could draw up a list of the best candidates until “after making the visits”. But he added that there were “probably a couple” who were already likely to be among his favorites. He named “maybe Tennessee, Caroline” before stopping to clarify that nothing had really been decided.
At the time, Marley said that he did not intend to decide on a college before “Probably during the season or, as before”. But the Flights finally convinced him to make his choice sooner than expected.
The position he could play in college remains unclear. He was an outstanding receiver in his junior season at Eastern Randolph, but also took a lot of high school shots, and he also expressed interest in playing the receiver in college.
Last season, he had 26 touchdowns, finishing with 814 receiving yards and 396 rushing yards. He also had three defense interceptions.
“They ask me if I want to play defense too, but I don’t know which side I want to play for,” said Marley, referring to the college coaches who recruited him. “I like the offense. But I will play both if I can. ”