With Austin Sanders of Bradley Central High School already committed and the Vols hard after Memphis East's Christian Morris, it appears the prospects from within the state's borders can help fill the void.
Another Volunteer State product with mounds of potential is Brett Kendrick of Christian Academy of Knoxville. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder didn't waste any time committing to Tennessee as he did so Saturday not long after Derek Dooley came with the offer.
"I am just a huge Tennessee fan," Kendrick told InsideTennessee in May. "I have been one all my life, really ever since I can remember I guess. I have just always loved the Vols. It is awesome and it is a dream come true. All the kids at school are talking about the coaches coming to see me. It is just fun."
Kendrick, who was on campus visiting for the Orange & White game on April 21, becomes the ninth Tennessee pledge and second this week as wide receiver Kris Comas of Santa Monica, Calif., committed as well.
CAK got past a roadblock in rival Alcoa 38-37 in the TSSAA Class 3A state quarterfinals en route to a 49-14 drubbing of Milan in the championship. Kendrick helped paved the way to the Warriors totaling 537 yards of offense in the final.
He carries a 3.9 grade point average and scored a 22 on his first attempt at the ACT.
InsideTennessee will have more from Kendrick later today.