Garland: Tennessee 'felt like home'

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Junior college defensive back Khambrel Garland is hoping to be the next on the list of Tennessee Volunteers commitments for the Class of 2013.

Garland, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder defensive back played his freshman junior college season alongside five-star wide receiver signee Cordarrelle Patterson at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College racking up 31 tackles, five tackles for loss, nine pass breakups, three interceptions and one touchdown.

"I really feel like junior college has improved my technique and prepared me for the next level," Garland told InsideTennessee. "I hope when I get on campus for spring practice I can adjust quickly and be a factor."

Garland, who visited Tennessee on Thursday, was recruited by defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley, who developed a strong relationship with the lockdown corner off the football field.

"Coach Ansley is a cool guy," he said. "He already knew I had the football skills, so we really just talked about life. I really respect him for that."

Garland added that he felt as though he could be a solid building block for Tennessee moving forward, a team he feels is headed to the top.

"They have a lot of good young players that are building that program up," he said. "I feel like they are on the up."

After leaving Rocky Top, the former St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) High School star (Class of 2011) is still raving about the facilities at Tennessee.

"I couldn't believe how nice the indoor field was there," Garland said. "I was just blown away by the facilities at Tennessee."

Garland originally singed with Northern Illinois out of high school and will shift southwest for his sophomore junior college year following coaching turnover at Hutchinson to play for the Arizona Western Matadors.

East Mississippi beat Arizona Western 55-47 in the NJCAA National Championship at the El Toro Bowl in Yuma, Ariz., on Dec. 3. Other notable players to come out of Arizona Western include three-star running back Damien Williams who eventually signed with Oklahoma.

Garland will early enroll early in 2013 in time for spring practice. Stay tuned for more recruiting updates from InsideTennessee.com.

Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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