KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A priority pass rushing target for Tennessee reopened his recruitment Sunday.
Miami Southridge (Fla.) defensive end Deandre Johnson de-committed from Mississippi State, as first reported by Ryan Bartow of 247Sports.
Johnson confirmed the news to SEC Country.
The Vols are now the front-runners to land the 3-star prospect, who had 15 sacks in his senior season for the Class 7A state champions.
Johnson, an early enrollee, moved back up Tennessee’s board in late October and took an official visit to Knoxville on Nov. 10-12.
The 6-foot-3, 239-pound pass rusher was impressed with the program’s “family atmosphere” and academic potential, and following his visit said he “had a tough decision to make.”
Johnson committed to Mississippi State in July and took an official visit to Starkville last weekend.
During the contact period, Tennessee coaches have visited Johnson several times, including sending Larry Scott and Steve Stripling to watch his playoff game last week.
He would fill a major need along the defensive line for the Vols.