Jaylen Miller Picks Tennessee Volunteers

By Rick Stavig
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Volunteers have made their first big signing of the day.

Much of the morning has been dominated by their conference rival- the Ole Miss Rebels, but now the Vols are starting to wake up.

Jaylen Miller, a highly touted defensive end from Gaffney, SC, has picked the Volunteers over a plethora of other schools.  Miller had more than twenty scholarship offers from some of the biggest schools in the country.  Many were thinking it could’ve been the Nebraska Cornhuskers or Wake Forest Demon Deacons quietly snagging the star defensive end, but it didn’t turn out that way in the end.

Miller, at 6’3” 270lbs, is considered more of a strong side defensive end, and stuffing the run is considered one of his strongest attributes.  Don’t get me wrong, he can still get to the quarterback, but his pass rushing skills won’t get him on to the field early next year for the Vols.  Early playing time is certainly something that helped sell Miller on the new-look Vols under first year coach Butch Jones.

The Volunteers now have 19 commitments in their 2013 class.  Jones has done an exceptional job of retaining much of the class that was assembled under Derek Dooley, and has added more of his own recruits.

UT has been making somewhat of a name for themselves during these last few weeks of recruiting, and have built some positive momentum.  Next year’s class is being looked at as the big one for the Vols, as that will be the first full class under Jones.

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