Vols Add JUCO DT Alexis Johnson

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    brickAfter somewhat of a May lull on the commitment front, the Vols have picked it up in June, adding their third commitment in three days on Tuesday night with a pledge from 6-foot-5, 295-pound junior college defensive tackle Alexis Johnson of Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College.

    Johnson joins 2016 tight end Austin Pope and 2017 defensive lineman Jordon Riley as the three commitments in the last three days for Tennessee.

    Johnson recorded 46 tackles in 10 games at Ft. Scott 2015. Originally a native of Jonesboro, Ga., Johnson chose the Vols over offers from Baylor, Louisville, NC State, Arizona and others after receiving an offer from Tennessee a few weeks ago.

    He joins defensive end Chidi Okonya as the two defensive linemen committed to the Vols in the 2016 class, which comes directly after arguably one of UT’s best defensive line classes in school history in 2015.

    Defensive tackle is a position that’s shaping up to be a strength for the Vols in the coming years. Tennessee has returning starter Danny O’Brien through 2016 and  highly-touted freshmen Kahlil McKenzie and Shy Tuttle in the fold. Quay Picou is expected to arrive later this summer and redshirt sophomore Kendal Vickers was one of the breakout stars of spring practice, giving the Vols several options at defensive tackle once Johnson arrives on campus in 2016.


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