Malachi Wideman had been committed to Florida State since May of 2019 but is has long been apparent he would sign elsewhere on National Signing Day.
That place wound up the University of Tennessee, the Venice (Fla.) High standout announced Wednesday. He picked the Vols over FSU and Ole Miss, among others.
2019 was an amazing year for the 2020 SI All American.When wasn’t dunking in front of Lebron James, Wideman was lighting up the scoreboard for Venice football, ending a stellar senior season with over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns. As the focal point of their offense, Wideman made plays at times when every soul in the stadium knew the ball was going to him.
A real deal hooper, Wideman has the length, hops, and balance to make an immediate impact during goal-line situations in any power-5 program. Of course, physicality plays a factor, but good luck jumping higher than him. With the ball in his hands, he’s a threat to make your entire secondary miss the same way he crosses over point guards.
Additional weight would bode well for this young man, which might be at odds with basketball. As a hooper, Wideman’s balls skills as a strong suit, If we’re lucky he’ll be gracing both the gridiron and the hardwood, but regardless he fits in right at home in Knoxville
Malachi was committed to Florida State University but took a plethora of visits in January, first to Tennessee (Jan 17th), Oregon (Jan 24th), and Ole Miss (Jan 31st).