Vol commit reflects on offical

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Tennessee seems to have created somewhat of a pipeline into Hutchinson, Kan., and Hutchinson Community College.

The Vols snagged junior college five-star wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in 2012 and now have two commitments for athletes in the 2013 class, including outside linebacker prospect De'Vondre Campbell.

Campbell, a three-star prospect according to FOX Sports NEXT, visited Rock Top officially over the weekend and was blown away by the experience.

"It was nice," he said. "It was a lot better than I expected. When I first came here I figured it would just be a little small town with a big school and not much to do, but it was nice. I had a good time.

"I expected it just to be average, just a little visit, come here, tour the campus, see a couple things, but it is crazy. The fan base is very loyal. I like it here a lot."

The 6-foot-5, 220 pounder got a chance to meet with Tennessee coaches Sunday, who sold him on immediate impact at SAM linebacker for the Vols.

"I talked to all the coaches and they were basically telling me how I could come in and make an immediate impact," Campbell said. "Since I watched the game they were telling me how much they needed me. I think I can come in and make an immediate impact so I am just grinding right now."

Campbell, who plans to enroll early in January, said he is done with his recruitment after his trip to Knoxville.

"I was kind of coming in thinking that I wanted to see what it was like because I had never been here before," he said. "It is very nice here. When (other schools) try to send me mail or whatever I just tell them I am not interested. I am done."

Campbell now says he will head home to Kansas and recruit teammate and four-star defensive tackle prospect Toby Johnson to join him in Knoxville.

"He is supposed to be coming later," Campbell said of Johnson. "He was supposed to be coming with us, but they told him to come a little bit later in the season and make it his last visit."

At 220 pounds, Campbell still hopes to pack on a few before arriving at Tennessee for spring ball.

"The season is going on right now so my weight kind of goes up and down," he said. "I want to at least be between 225 or 230 by the time I get here then I can let them do the rest. I am just trying to put on the weight and hold it."

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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