Vols go long distance for No. 12 commitment

Vols go long distance for No. 12 commitment

Tennessee picked up commitment No. 12 on Tuesday afternoon, one day before the Vols report to their first fall football camp under Derek Dooley. Go "Inside" this free read to learn more about the newest Vol, Juda Parker.

Recruiting normally slows as teams open fall camp, but that trend apparently is not something Derek Dooley is going to follow at the University of Tennessee.

The Volunteers picked up commitment No. 12 when a defensive end from Hawaii made his pledge to the Vol coaching staff - on Tuesday afternoon in Knoxville and morning in Honolulu.

Juda Parker confirmed with InsideTennessee.com that he is indeed a Volunteer.

"I called Coach Chuck Smith and told him I wanted to commit," Parker said. "Tennessee is in the SEC, it's a great opportunity for me."

Parker, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound defensive end, came to the continental United States to participate in the Top Gun Camp earlier this summer in Virginia.

"My position coach was from the state of Tennessee, he gave me Coach Smith's phone number," Parker said. "Coach Smith offered me last Friday."

Smith's experience in the NFL and the list of guys he has tutored played a part in Parker's decision.

"No doubt," Parker said. "I liked the fact that I would be coached by a guy that played in the NFL for 10 years and has tutored a lot of great defensive linemen."

Parker hasn't made a visit to Tennessee yet, but plans to come to Knoxville for an official visit in the next couple of months.

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