Crowder excited about being a Volunteer

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Mack Crowder became commitment No. 10 for the University of Tennessee when he picked the Orange and White over Vanderbilt, Florida and Virginia Tech.

This week has been a stellar one in recruiting for the University of Tennessee.

The Vols picked up their third pledge this week and 10th overall Friday afternoon when Bristol's Tennessee High School offensive lineman Mack Crowder made his commitment to UT in a 3 p.m. press conference held at his high school.

Crowder will join his teammate and friend Brendan Downs, who also joined Crowder at the press conference to make his intentions official as well.

Florida had recently turned up the heat on the East Tennessee center, especially after one of the Gators top prospects, Ryan Kelly, committed to Alabama.

"Florida had really come on strong lately," Crowder told InsideTennessee.com in a previous interview. "Tennessee has always been close and dear to my heart. I have always dreamed of running through the T."

Derek Dooley continues to go after the state's top talent, and apparently is looking for not just great athletes, but great students and ambassadors for the University of Tennessee.

"Coach Dooley told me that I was the type player he wanted to rebuild the tradition-rich UT football program with," Crowder said. "He made it clear that I was one of his top priorities."

Crowder, who is also a standout student in the classroom, narrowed his choices a week ago to Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Florida.

Crowder is a three-star prospect by Scout.com.

Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com for complete coverage of Crowder and Downs' press conference, as well as firsthand coverage of Tennessee High School's scrimmage Friday morning.

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