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Jacquez Jones and Shawn Shamburger have been Tennessee commits for several months, but both prospects continued to hear from in-state schools in recent weeks.
New South Florida coach Charlie Strong made Jones a priority, while the Georgia Bulldogs began sniffing around Shamburger late in the process.
After both players took official visits to Tennessee over the weekend, they’re not interested in flirting with other schools anymore.
Shamburger, a 3-star corner from Colquitt County, cancelled an upcoming trip to Georgia, saying, “I’m shutting down my recruitment, and I will be attending the University of Tennessee. I’m not visiting anywhere else.
“I feel like this is where I need to be. I feel like i need to focus on this more. When I made the commitment, I made a commitment. I’m a man of my word. I’m going to stick to my word.”
He also added, “This is taking a load off my shoulders, knowing that signing day is right around the corner. Now I can just focus on my academics and get that part done.”
Meanwhile, Jones, a 3-star receiver from Clearwater (Fla.), called his OV “amazing” and said he is “strongly committed to Tennessee. 110 percent.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound wideout joined Tennessee’s class in May, and Jones enjoyed hanging around fellow commits Shanon Reid, Trey Smith and others over the weekend.
“Those guys are really major players, really energetic guys,” he said.
“We’re just looking to make a big impact. It was amazing to touch base with the guys I’m going to be working with the next three of four years. We created a bond.”
Jones was excited about Larry Scott’s promotion to offensive coordinator, saying, “That was amazing. I really loved that because he was the one that recruited me.”
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Although he still plans to take a trip to UCF this weekend, he said Tennessee has nothing to worry about. He’s going to hang out with some friends.
“I owe it to myself,” Jones explained.
“Nothing is going to change. I’m just going to take it just to take it.”
“We spent a lot of time together this weekend,” Shamburger said.
“We talked 1-on-1 a lot. We actually looks at a few defensive things he’s done in the past. We came together and bonded. He’s more of a father figure to me now. I loved it.”
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The trip also gave Shamburger a chance to show his family Tennessee, bringing his parents and trip on the visit.
“It’s a beautiful place. I love it here,” he said.
“Honestly, I just came up with my family so they could get a feel for everything that is going on and really get a sense of where they see everything at. … I feel like there’s some things that they can take home and feel more secure knowing that I’m going to be in great hands here.”
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