Wednesday, October 22, 2014 · 5:38 a.m.
Print

KNOXVILLE – All of the visits are over for the class of 2013 and Tennessee will be forced to sit and wait for the final results on Wednesday.

One top recruit the Vols have been waiting on appears to have ended his recruitment over the weekend. Auburn commitment Carl Lawson, a five-star defensive end from Alpharetta, Ga., visited the Tigers this weekend and reaffirmed his pledge to Auburn.

Though Lawson has been committed to Auburn for nearly a year, the Tigers were fighting off Tennessee and Clemson for his final signature.

"This will successfully end my recruitment I am an Auburn Tiger no questions will be answered no calls will be accepted," Lawson said via Twitter on Sunday after visiting Auburn and new head coach Gus Malzahn.

The Vols are hoping to add more help on the defensive line. Four-star defensive end Jason Carr is the only current commitment in the class expected to play on the defensive front. Defensive end target Davin Bellamy visited Oregon this weekend. Tennessee is battling the Ducks and Georgia for his services.

Three-star defensive end Jaylen Miller visited Knoxville on Jan. 18, and the Vols are thought to be in the lead for the Gaffney, S.C., native.

Another three-star defensive end target, Malik Brown, visited UT this weekend. He was one of three visitors for the 2013 class in town, joining four-star linebacker E.J. Levenberry and four-star wide receiver Tyler Boyd.

All three told recruiting sites that they had a good visit and would consider Tennessee a finalist.

Levenberry is currently committed to Florida State and Boyd is pledged to Pittsburgh.

Record-setting quarterback to walk on: Knoxville native Charlie High, one of the most decorated quarterbacks in Tennessee state history, has committed to be a preferred walk on for the Vols next year, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

High, who was a high school teammate of Tennessee commitments Brett Kendrick and Josh Smith, is ranked as a three-star quarterback, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

High led his Christian Academy of Knoxville squad to two consecutive state championships and finished his career with 774 completions on 1,040 attempts (74.4 percent), 10,978 yards and 131 touchdown passes.

He has the highest career completion percentage in the nation (minimum of 600 attempts) and holds at least 11 state individual records.

He only held offers from Tennessee-Martin, Tusculum College and Tennessee Tech in large part due to his lack of size (6-foot, 175 pounds). Multiple major programs, such as Arkansas, showed interest, but ultimately none offered and thus High will attempt to earn his way as a walk on with the Vols.

Extra points: Here are some other recruits who had interest in Tennessee who committed elsewhere this weekend:

 • Offensive lineman Chongo Kondolo to Nebraska

 • Running back Jordan Wilkins to Ole Miss

 • Running back JoJo Kemp to Kentucky

Daniel Lewis covers University of Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga

Print
Reader's Recap
Daily news delivered directly to your inbox.   sign up
Press Esc to close