Vols Add Huge Alabama DL to 2020 Class

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    Tennessee’s defensive line just got a whole lot bigger.

    The Vols added the commitment of 6-foot-6, 300-pound defensive tackle Reginald Perry on Wednesday during the first day of the early signing period. Perry plays for Fairfield Prep School in Fairfield, Alabama

    Perry took an official visit to UT’s campus on November 30th after taking an unofficial visit to campus on November 2nd. He also holds offers from Kentucky, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Nebraska, and others.

    According to the 247Sports ratings, Perry is the No. 681 overall prospect and No. 55 defensive tackle in the 2020 class. He’s the No. 729 recruit and No. 60 defensive tackle in the composite rankings.

    Not only did Perry play defensive tackle and offensive line, but he also played tight end for Fairfield and was actually offered as a tight end and defensive end from UAB. Perry also plays basketball in high school.

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    The huge lineman moves very well for his size, and he both comes off the edge and plays inside along the defensive line. He showcases good footwork and push, and he can bully his way past double teams. Perry is an effective run stopper and does more than just clog lanes.

    As a senior, Perry totaled 36 tackles, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries on defense according to MaxPreps. He also caught 15 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns.

    With Perry’s commitment, Tennessee has three projected defensive linemen in their 2020 class. Perry joins four-stars Omari Thomas and Dominic Bailey in UT’s 2020 class. Perry is the third new addition to Tennessee’s 2020 class who wasn’t previously committed to the Vols before Wednesday’s early signing period.

    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.