Stocker Commits to Tennessee

Madison Southern High School's Luke Stocker won't be playing his football in the bluegrass state anymore.

He verbally committed to Tennessee after unofficially visiting the school as a basketball camp attendee.

"Yes, Luke did commit to Tennessee," Stocker's mom said on the phone. "Actually, we just got back nearly five minutes ago and had turned on the television."

A native of Berea (Ky.), Stocker is projected to be a tight end or defensive end at the next level according to his step father, Jeff Johnson.

"He's 6'6 and he's not even 17 yet," Johnson answered. "He's about 221-222 pounds already and he was recently timed at 4.71 in the forty yard dash. He bench presses 285 pounds, squats over 300 and hand cleats 265 pounds. He's just a tremendous athlete with good feet and great hand eye coordination."

The versatile Stocker was holding scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, Cincinnati, NC State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Indiana and Kentucky before pulling the trigger to Tennessee and coach Phil Fulmer.

He is the Volunteers' fourth verbal commitment to date, joining Lee Smith from Powell (Tn.), Jacques McClendon from Chattonooga (Tn.), and Dustin Lindsey of Alcoa (Tn.) as early pledges.

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