Four-Star DT Commits to Tennessee

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    For the ninth time in the last 14 days, Tennessee has picked up a commitment in the 2021 cycle.

    Katron Evans, a four-star defensive tackle who plays for St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, announced his commitment to Tennessee on Saturday afternoon. Evans chose the Vols over offers from Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Ohio State, and others.

    The 6-foot-4, 320-pound lineman is rated as the No. 179 overall prospect, No. 9 defensive tackle, and No. 8 recruit in the state of Maryland per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He plays at the same school current Vol defensive lineman and former four-star 2020 prospect Dominic Bailey attended, and his current teammate, four-star outside linebacker Aaron Willis, is announcing his commitment on Sunday at around noon Eastern. Willis is expected to pick the Vols as well.

    The Vols were one of the first programs to offer Evans, extending an offer to him back in March of 2018. He’s visited Knoxville multiple times, most recently attending campus on June 15th of last year.

    Evans is the ideal size to play defensive line in the SEC, and he’s great at the point of attack. He has long arms and is very disruptive. Evans is capable of absorbing multiple offensive linemen and looks like he can be an effective nose guard in college. That could be where he ends up with the Vols, as they’ll have a need at that position in the near future.

    The state of Maryland has been a huge focus for the Vols in the 2021 class. Along with Evans and Willis at St. Frances, Tennessee is also targeting four-star wide receiver Dont’e Thornton, four-star inside linebacker Greg Penn III, four-star outside linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson, and four-star defensive end and Maryland commit Demeioun Robinson among others in the state.

    Tennessee now has 19 prospects committed to them in the 2021 cycle with Evans’ commitment. Evans is one of two defensive tackles committed to the Vols, joining three-star North Carolina DT Isaac Washington.

    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.