The Vols picked up commitment No. 9 in the 2016 class Tuesday afternoon when Alabama ‘athlete’ TaDarryl Marshall (6-0, 190 pounds), who goes by TD, pledged to the Vols over his other two finalists, Alabama and Auburn, at a ceremony at his high school.
“The recruiting process has been very challenging the past two and a half years of my high school career, and in my senior year I want to think about my future team and my high school team,” Marshall said before making his decision. “I want to give all thanks to God for giving me the opportunity to do the things I’ve done and for the things yet to come. Because without Him, none of this would be possible. I’d also like to thank my family, coaches and teammates for being with me throughout the whole process. Lastly, I’d like to thank the coaches from every school that’s offered me for giving me a chance.
“In conclusion, I have officially decided to further my studies and play college at The University of Tennessee.”
Marshall plays primarily quarterback for his his Leeds (Ala.) team, but likely projects as a wide receiver at Tennessee, where he joins Corey Henderson as the second WR commitment in the 2016 class, if that is indeed how Butch Jones and the staff end up using him.
Receiver is a priority in the 2016 class after injuries and attrition have hurt UT’s depth at the position. Tennessee only signed one true receiver in the 2015 class (Preston Williams) and he’s coming off a torn ACL, so replenishing the position with quality depth over the next couple of recruiting classes will be important as Pig Howard, Marquez North, Von Pearson (currently suspended), Jason Croom and Johnathon Johnson will all be moving on within the next two years.