Vols Snag Commitment from 4-Star Safety in 2018 Class

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    Getting two commitments in one day is nice for any football team. But it’s especially nice when that second commitment is from a four-star safety out of Georgia.

    Trey Dean, a consensus four-star safety out of Hampton, Georgia, committed to the Vols late Wednesday night just over 12 hours after Tennessee picked up a commitment from 2018 linebacker Matthew Flint. Dean is a top-300 overall prospect according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s the No. 22 overall safety in the country according to the same ratings.

    Dean holds offers from some of the premier schools in the country. Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oregon, and others have all offered Dean. And he recently visited defending national champions Clemson as well.

    As a junior for Dutchtown High School, Dean totaled 50 tackles, 14 pass breakups, and one interception.

    At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, Dean has the perfect frame to play safety at the SEC level. With a few added pounds, he would be ideal for Tennessee’s defensive scheme. And his highlight film displays his athleticism, showing an opportunistic safety who has a knack for big hits.

    Dean is the Vols’ 20th overall commitment in their 2018 class, and he’s the second pure safety prospect to commit to the Vols in the class. He joins fellow four-star and in-state recruit Brdendon Harris in the class. Dean is also the fifth prospect out of Georgia to commit to the Vols in the 2018 class.

    Tennessee will be replacing at least one safety after the 2017 season and at least another one after the 2018 season. Safety is a position of need in this class, and right now the Vols have two highly-rated safety prospects ready to come in and compete in the future.