Vols land four-star DT, third commit in as many days

Vols land four-star DT, third commit in as many days

Published Jun. 17, 2015 2:06 a.m. ET

The Tennessee Volunteers secured their first defensive linemen in their 2016 recruiting class with the addition of junior college defensive tackle Alexis Johnson Tuesday. 

Johnson helps the Big Orange stay hot on the recruiting trail, as the team landed their third commitment in three days with pledge from the current Fort Scott player. 

According to his Rivals.com profile, Johnson is rated as a four-star prospect and has scholarship offers from Arizona, Baylor, Kentucky, Louisville and NC State among others. 

Johnson spoke to 247 Sports shortly after committing to Tennessee and talked about what sold him on joining Vol Nation.  


“When I went up and visited, I just fell in love with it. All the coaches are great, the fans, the stadium, the facilities — everything,” said Johnson. “I started leaning that way when they offered me,” he continued. “When I visited, I just wanted to think on it a little bit more. I was able to compare it to another school."

The top-ranked JUCO player expressed his desire to play with some of the Volunteers' talented additions to the defensive front. 

“I feel like I can fit like a glove,” Johnson said. “I can come in right away and play. I’ve got experience, and I know what I’ve got to do. I can fit in great with them. They’re looking for me to come in and start.”

Now that Johnson has committed, he plans on shutting down his recruitment, “I’ve canceled all my visits,” he said. Johnson is expected to arrive in January as an early enrollee. He will have three seasons of eligibility, but only two of which can be spent on the field for the Vols. 

(h/t 247 Sports)