KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee added nearly 640 pounds of beef to its 2017 recruiting class Tuesday.
Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Va.) defensive tackles Breyon Gaddy, a 6-foot-4, 353-pound 4-star prospect, and his twin brother Brandon Gaddy, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound 3-star recruit, committed to the Vols during a ceremony at their school, and Tennessee secured a key recruiting victory over Clemson after some high-profile defeats in this cycle.
— Brandon Gaddy (@bgaddy97) July 19, 2016
The twins, who became the 19th and 20th members of UT’s 2017 class, bumped up their announcement date late Monday night, detouring from their original plan to reveal their college decision Aug. 26 — the first game of their senior season. With the two additions, the Vols moved up to No. 11 nationally in team rankings, per 247Sports.
Breyon Gaddy is ranked the No. 15 defensive tackle in the nation, holding offers from Florida State, Clemson, Southern Cal and Georgia. Brandon Gaddy is the 44th ranked defensive tackle in the country. Both brothers publicly declared Tennessee their leaders at different times this summer, with Breyon releasing a Top 5 of Tennessee, Clemson, FSU, UGA and USC in June.
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) July 19, 2016
The Gaddys join 4-star Ocean Lakes High (Va.) standout Eric Crosby, who committed to the Vols in April, among defensive tackles to bolt the Old Dominion state for Knoxville, as Tennessee continues to raid the Virginia Beach area for defensive line talent.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SECCountry.com