Palardy chooses Orange over Purple

Lane Kiffin has made a commitment to recruit the state of Florida with the same passion as he recruits every other state in the country. Ace recruiter and special teams coordinator Eddie Gran pulled off a recruiting coup Thursday evening when the No. 1 place kicker in the country and Scout.com four star prospect Mike Palardy chose to play football at Rocky Top. Go inside this FREE READ.

Lane Kiffin has made a commitment to recruit the state of Florida with the same passion as he recruits every other state in the country.

Ace recruiter and special teams coordinator Eddie Gran pulled off a recruiting coup Thursday evening when the No. 1 place kicker in the country and Scout.com four star prospect Mike Palardy chose to play football at Rocky Top.

Palardy became the No. 12 commitment for Kiffin's 2010 recruiting class. He chose the Volunteers over LSU.

With 13 official offers in hand, Palardy decided to stay closer to home and has always wanted to play in the SEC and in the South.

"I'm a southern boy at heart," Palardy explained. "The SEC is best conference in the country, there is no better football played anywhere."

Palardy is impressed with the Tennessee Football program and the direction its headed in under new head coach Kiffin.

"I'm really impressed with the coaching staff," Palardy said. "Coach Kiffin has assembled a great coaching staff. He is doing a great job and has plans on taking UT back to the top. Tennessee has always been on top of my list."

Palardy is known for is accuracy and leg strength. The talented kicker finished his junior season 76-78 on extra points, was four out of five on field goals and 98 percent of all his kickoffs were for touchbacks.