Tennessee Lands Commitment From Junior College Cornerback

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    Junior college cornerback Desmond Williams committed to Tennessee Monday night following a weekend visit to Knoxville.

    The East Central Community College standout isn’t rated by 247sports or its composite rankings, but does hold offers from Mississippi State, West Virginia and Houston.

    Williams was originally planning on visiting Mississippi State this weekend. Whether he still plans to visit Starkville this weekend is unclear.

    The 5-foot-11, 190 pound cornerback was a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College All-Conference Second Team selection.

    Tennessee needs corners after two of its best players last season were senior defensive backs — Alontae Taylor and Theo Jackson. Jackson is out of eligibility and Taylor already announced that he is skipping the bowl game to recover from an injury and prepare for the NFL.

    The Vols also lost senior cornerback Kenneth George Jr. Tennessee expects to return Warren Burrell, Brandon Turnage, Doneiko Slaughter and Kamal Hadden, but cornerback is still one of the biggest question marks on the Vols’ roster entering the offseason.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.