Being No. 1 is very important to one California junior college wide receiver.
Tennessee has been recruiting four-star wide out Kembrell Thompkins since last spring. The Vols apparently have made an outstanding impression on the young man.
Thompkins, a Miami, Fla., native, became the Vols' 21st pledge tonight, when he called the Tennessee coaches to inform them of the news.
"They were very excited to hear the news," Thompkins told InsideTennessee.com. "Their entire coaching staff has been really recruiting me hard. I really like their wide receiver coach, Frank Wilson. He is easy to talk to and I have developed a great relationship with him already."
Thompkins watched the Vols on national television Saturday night and knew after watching the game it was time for him to make his decision.
"I loved the game, and I really loved the new uniforms," Thompkins said. "For Kiffin to stand up for his players about the jerseys says a lot about him as a head coach. I like that a lot."
According to Thompkins, another factor in his decision-making process was the fact that the Vols are in need of a go-to playmaker at the wide receiver position.
"All their coaches are telling me they need me to come in and be their No. 1 go-to guy at wideout, to be that deep threat," Thompkins said. "I have a lot of speed and I feel they need me a lot at the University of Tennessee."
Thompkins, who wears No. 1 for his El Camino junior college, apparently has been told by the UT coaching staff he can have that number in Knoxville.
"They told me I could be No. 1," Thompkins said. "That really means a lot to me."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout is known for his 4.4 speed in the 40.
"I run a legit 4.4," Thompkins said. "I love being the fastest man on the field."
Thompkins is on schedule to graduate in December and plans on enrolling at UT in January.