Tennessee Lands JUCO Signees
by Dan Harralson
Dec 25, 2013 2:08 AM EST
Butch Jones continues to grow his first full recruiting class. Wednesday began the JUCO national signing day and Jones added a few more players.
Von Pearson, Owen Williams and Dontavious Blair all signed to play for Rocky Top. Jones and his staff were able to get these three JUCO players to sign, but the news of the day centered around the Vols and a de-commitment.
Four-star defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert of Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., who had committed to the Vols for more than four months, announced Wednesday afternoon that he has decided to sign with Auburn.
Analysts thought Lambert was capable of making an immediate impact, but Lambert made a decision to change his pre-signing day commitment with the Vols to the SEC champion Auburn Tigers. Two weeks ago, Lambert was a solid Tennessee commit, but an in-home recruiting visit by Auburn last Friday pushed Lambert to heavily consider Auburn. At Approximately 3:15 p.m. ET, the official Twitter feed of Lambert's high school in Georgia tweeted that he had signed with Auburn.
Auburn will look to move the No.1-rated JUCO defensive end to defensive tackle.
Tennessee's JUCO Signees From National Signing Day
Dontavious Blair: The 6-foot-8, 302-pound Blair is ranked the nation’s No. 8 junior-college prospect and No. 4 JUCO offensive tackle (24/7 Sports Composite).
Blair is a former standout at Anniston (Ala.) High School and has been committed to Tennessee since Oct. 8. The offensive tackle chose Tennessee over Texas A&M, Auburn and Florida State. Blair is expected to join the Vols next month as one of more than a dozen early enrollees from their 2014 class (currently ranked third nationally by 24/7 Sports).
The Vols are looking to replace all five of their starters on the offensive line from this season and Blair will make an immediate impact.
Von Pearson: Pearson is a four-star sophomore wide receiver from Feather River College in Quincy, Calif.
Pearson stands at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds and is a 2010 graduate of Denbigh High School in Newport News, Va. He ranks as the nation’s No. 4 junior-college player and No. 2 JUCO wide receiver (24/7 Sports rankings).
Pearson will join the Vols in early January and committed to Tennessee on Oct. 20. He chose Tennessee over offers from Utah and Illinois. Florida State, Oregon, Arkansas, Miami, Arizona State, California and Akron all pursued Pearson late before he signed with Tennessee.
Owen Williams: Tennessee was a victim of a player switching their commitment away from UT in DaVonte Lambert, but Butch Jones was able to sway Owen Williams to Knoxville late last month.
Williams, a three-star redshirt sophomore defensive tackle from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., signed with Tennessee after being a Texas Tech commit.
The 6-foot-1, 280-pound Williams is ranked as the nation’s No. 17 junior-college defensive tackle (24/7 Sports rankings) and can make an immediate impact on the defensive line.