The Tennessee Volunteers and Head Coach Butch Jones have been red hot this summer on the recruiting trail, and they received their first commitment in the month of August for the 2014 class on Tuesday morning as JUCO defensive tackle DaVonte Lambert committed to the Vols.
Lambert, a four-star recruit and No. 1 defensive tackle in the junior college ranks, according to 247Sports the composite rankings, chose the Volunteers over the Auburn Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators.
Earlier in the summer, Lambert was considered a Georgia lean, but after the Bulldogs reeled in two other defensive tackles this summer, the connection between the Bulldogs and Lambert faded. Georgia is believed to be holding just one defensive lineman spot left for four-star Elisha Shaw, which would give them four defensive lineman commits for the 2014 class, so Lambert fell somewhat to the side.
The 6-3, 275 pound Georgia Military College standout will be just what Jones’ defensive needs once he enrolls in 2014. Lambert, unlike a true freshman, already has college playing experience and will be able to come in and make an immediate impact on the defensive front.
Lambert, a Georgia native from Burke County High School, has the size and strength to play in the trenches, but also the quickness and athleticism that sets him apart from many other defensive lineman in the 2014 class.
The Volunteers now 24 commitments and have the No. 2 overall class in the nation for 2014, according to 247Sports, and Lambert becomes the 10th member of the class that is of at least four-star status.
In eight games last season at GMC, Lambert recorded 20 tackles and two sacks. He will have two years of eligibility left once enrolled at Tennessee next season.