KNOXVILLE – Tennessee added a commitment in both football and basketball over the weekend.
Junior college wide receiver Lavon Pearson announced his commitment to coach Butch Jones and the UT football program on Sunday.
A fast-rising prospect in the JUCO ranks, Pearson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder who attends Feather River (Calif.) College, has 60 receptions for 1,116 yards and 10 receptions through just six games, according to CCCAAStats.com.
Pearson runs the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and has a 36” vertical, according to his profile on Hudl.com (film also available at that link).
The Vols are developing an impressive core of young receivers such as Marquez North, Pig Howard, Josh Smith and Jason Croom. However, wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni and Jones are looking for more depth and more overall athleticism. Pearson joins Dominique Booth and Kameel Jackson – another junior college prospect – as the true wide receivers currently committed in the 2014 class.
The Vols are also still pursuing top in-state receiver Josh Malone.
Pearson, who also holds offers from Illinois and Utah, is rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 2 overall JUCO wide receiver, according to 247Sports.
Shooting guard commits to Vols for 2015: On the basketball front, shooting guard Camron Justice, a fringe top-100 prospect in the class of 2015, committed to coach Cuonzo Martin and the UT basketball program on Saturday.
Justice, a native of Hindman, Ken., is UT’s first pledge for the 2015 class. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound sharpshooter also holds offers from Western Kentucky and UAB.
He is ranked as the 116th best player in the nation in his class and the second best player from the state of Kentucky, according to 247Sports.
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga
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