Following linebacker/defensive end Marlon Walls and defensive tackle Montori Hughes, are defensive end Willie Bohannon and defensive back Prentiss Waggner bringing UT’s total to 14 commitments.
However a couple of those are shaky as defensive end Steven Fowlkes and defensive back J.T. Floyd are rethinking their commitments. Fowkles, the nation’s No. 29 DE is expected to choose between Tennessee and Arkansas. Floyd, No. 74 ranked safety has also visited Michigan and Georgia Tech and is expected to choose between the Vols and Wolverines.
If the Vols are anticipating losing one or both of those prospects they may have seen Waggner and Bohannon as quality fall back choices, despite the fact Waggner appears to be more of a cover corner while Bohannon, 6-3, 240, could easily grow into a tackle or develop into a linebacker. That diversity made him a good addition for UT.
Bohannon, a three-star prospect from Prichard, Ala., with 4.8 speed, is rated the nation’s No. 83 defensive end by Scout.com. He originally committed to Kentucky but reconsidered after receiving offers from Tennessee and Ole Miss. He visited UT last weekend and made his decision to commit to the Vols and cancel his upcoming visit to Oxford.
He made a combined 127 tackles with 33.5 sacks as a sophomore and junior at Mattie T. Blount High School. As a senior he posted 72 stops including 12 for losses and nine sacks.
"I am going to call everybody else tomorrow, but I wanted you to know that I committed to Tennessee last night,"Bohannon told Scout.com’s Andrew Bone. "The coaches are really excited."
Bohannon credited UT’s facilities, success with developing D-linemen and family atmosphere with being key factors in his defection from Kentucky.
“Coach Fulmer came down here last Thursday before my visit,” he said in the same interview. “I saw him a lot during my official visit. He was telling me how they would use me and how they need me. He talked about the atmosphere.
“It’s a family atmosphere up there. I like the players. They are diverse. They have people from everywhere go there. Everyone who goes there is a top prospect. Right now it’s looking really nice.”
At 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, Waggner has good size for a cover corner and outstanding 4.50 speed. He enjoyed a big junior season for Clinton High School, recording 70 tackles, intercepting 16 passes and breaking up 14. He also played wide receiver, catching 31 passes for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns. He earned first team Class-2A All-State honors and was named Class-2A Defensive MVP. Waggner made 2A All-State as a senior with nine INTs, 10 pass breakups and 33 tackles during the regular season, and also had over 750 receiving yards and 13 TDs on offense.
Waggner chose Tennessee over offers from Auburn, Minnesota, North Carolina, Mississippi and Nebraska.