Vols Land Commitment from Highly-Rated JUCO DE

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    The Vols already had a strong collection of defensive linemen in their 2018 recruiting class prior to Thursday. But that group became even more formidable with the addition of a top junior college defensive end.

    Dorian Gerald, the No. 2 JUCO defensive end in the 2018 class according to 247Sports, committed to the Vols on Thursday afternoon. Gerald took to Twitter to announce his commitment.

    Gerald chose the Vols over offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and others. Gerald attends the College of the Canyons in Santa Clara, California but is originally from South Carolina, however. Last season with the Cougars, Gerald totaled 54 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks. He also forced four fumbles and recovered one.

    At 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, Gerald has the perfect frame to play defensive end in the SEC. With just a little more weight, he should fit right in to Tennessee’s defensive line scheme.

    Gerald’s highlight film shows a versatile athlete who has a strong and quick initial burst off the line and can also escape blocks and wreak havoc in the backfield. He has a knack for finding the quarterback and applying pressure.

    With Gerald’s commitment, the Vols now have commitments from five defensive linemen in their 2018 class. Gerald joins four-stars Greg Emerson, D’Andre Litaker, and Brant Lawless as well as three-star Jamarcus Chatman. Gerald also gives Tennessee 17 total commitments in their 2018 class, a class that’s now a consensus top-5 class by every major recruiting service.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.