KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tre Lawson, South Carolina’s No. 8-ranked player in the 2017 class, has made a verbal commitment to sign with Tennessee.
Lawson is a 6-foot-6, 247-pound defensive end at North Augusta High School who ranks No. 537 overall in the nation. UT assistant Steve Stripling was Lawson’s primary recruiter.
Lawson had attracted several schools, with other reported scholarship offers from Florida State, South Carolina and Ole Miss, among several others.
The Vols are in the midst of one of their so-called “Orange Carpet” days, hosting some of their top recruiting targets with hopes of gaining momentum on the recruiting trail.
Lawson is the 11th commit in the 2017 class, a key addition at a need position for Tennessee.
The Vols have four senior defensive linemen entering the 2016 season, and junior defensive end Derek Barnett is a prime candidate to forgo his senior season and declare himself eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Lawson is the third defensive lineman to commit to Tennessee in the 2017 class, joining defensive tackle Eric Crosby (Virginia Beach, Virginia) and Atlanta’s Marquez Bembry.
The Vols entered Saturday with the No. 22 recruiting class in the nation, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Rivals.com had Tennessee 29th, while Scout.com had ranked the Vols’ 2017 class No. 20.
Here’s a look at Tennessee’s current list of 2017 commits:
S Maleik Gray
6-2, 205, LaVergne HS, LaVergne, Tenn.
Rank: No. 4 in Tennessee, No. 59 nationally
Commit date: June 12, 2016
DT Eric Crosby
6-1, 297, Ocean Lakes HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
Rank: No. 6 in Virginia, No. 193 nationally
Commit date: April 22, 2016
WR KD Nixon
5-8, 182, DeSoto HS, DeSoto, Texas
Rank: No. 43 in Texas, No. 290 nationally
Commit date: April 16, 2016
CB Cheyenne Labruzza
5-11, 186, Albany HS, Albany, La.
Rank: No. 20 in Louisiana, No. 437 nationally
Commit date: April 16, 2016
DE Tre Lawson
6-6, 247, North Augusta, North Augusta, S.C.
Rank: No. 8 in South Carolina, No. 537 nationally
Commit date: June 18, 2016
ATH Marquez Bembry
6-3, 215, Mount Vernon Presbyterian, Atlanta
Rank: No. 60 In Georgia, No. 614 nationally
Commit date: March 14, 2016
WR Jacquez Jones
5-11, 165, Clearwater, Clearwater, Fla.
Rank: No. 117 in Florida, No. 819 nationally
Commit date: May 20, 2016
TE Chase Rogers
6-2, 229, St. Stanislaus, Bay Saint Louis, Miss.
Rank: No. 23 in Mississippi, No. 832 nationally
Commit date: March 7, 2016
OLB Solon Page III
6-2, 195, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.
Rank: No. 88 in Georgia, No. 881 nationally
Commit date: April 16 2016
MLB Mo Burnam
6-2, 219, Salem HS, Conyers, Ga.
Rank: No. 89 in Georgia, No. 883 nationally
Commit: March 5, 2016
K Brent Cimagli
6-0, 215, Fred J. Page HS, Franklin, Tenn.
Rank No. 55 in Tennessee, NA nationally
Commit date: June 5, 2016