KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has more commits than any Power Five team in the FBS ranks, but more importantly, the Vols have addressed one of the more challenging position groups.
Kivon “KB” Bennett, son of two-time AFC Defensive Player of the Year and three-time first-team Alabama All-American Cornelius Bennett, became Tennessee’s 18th commitment in the 2017 class.
There are five defensive line prospects among the commits, impressive considering the difficulty and challenge of recruiting elite talent in that position group.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Bennett chose the Vols over the Crimson Tide, Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan and Georgia, among several other scholarship offers.
Bennett, from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is rated a 3-star, No. 60 in Florida and No. 451 in the nation according to the 247Sports composite.
Tennessee’s four other defensive line commits are: Eric Crosby (6-1, 297, Virginia Beach, Va.); LaTrell Bumphus (6-3, 232, Savannah, Tenn.); Tre Lawson (6-6, 247, North Augusta, S.C.); Marquez Bembry (6-3, 215, Atlanta).
The Vols have four senior defensive linemen entering the 2016 season, and junior defensive end Derek Barnett is a candidate to forgo his senior season and declare himself eligible for the 2017 NFL draft.
Tennessee’s 2017 class is ranked No. 6 in the nation, a jump from the No. 22 spot the Vols held entering Saturday’s “Orange Carpet” recruiting day.
Tennessee set a spring football record of sorts with eight commits in one day, capitalizing on the momentum of strong preseason expectations that feature the program as a top 10 pick and the SEC East Division favorites.
— Kivon (KB) Bennett (@kb_versace) June 20, 2016