Vols add 2 DBs from D-B

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Tennessee didn't have far to go to reel in its most recent verbal commitments, hitting up Kingsport, Tenn., to receive pledges from Malik Foreman and Devaun Swafford.

"It feels good," Foreman told InsideTennessee. "I grew up watching the Vols since I was little. To play at Neyland (Stadium) is a dream come true."

Dobyns-Bennet (Tenn.) High School teammates Foreman and Swafford join Lemond Johnson and Riyahd Jones as the four players to pledge to the new-look Volunteers. All four are expected to compete in assistant coach Willie Martinez' secondary.

"They said if I came in and worked and got familiar with things, there's a chance that I could play early," said the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Foreman.

Swafford is not expected to sign a National Letter of Intent in February. The plan is to put him on scholarship after the 2013 fall semester.

Kingsport is right at 100 miles from The Hill and Foreman said he is already starting to get the pats on the back with a career for the Orange & White ahead.

"They're showing a lot of love. There's a lot of Vol fans in this area."

Foreman got his scholarship offer new Tennessee head coach Butch Jones' first week in Knoxville. He had been committed to Vanderbilt for two months exactly before flipping to a the Commodores' top Southeastern Conference Eastern Division rival.

"I mean I like the coaches at both places," Foreman said. "I like the coaches at Vanderbilt. I love everything about Vanderbilt really. I love pretty much everything at UT too, and they offered my friend Devaun. We're real close; we're like brothers."

Foreman has already started taking a shine to Butch Jones.

"He's a really good guy. It really shows he has a passion for UT because he's trying to change the culture at UT and get 'em back to where they were," said Foreman, who will be joining other Tri-Cities products Mack Crowder and Brendan Downs running through the T next fall.

Running backs coach Jay Graham is the lead recruiter heading into the winter on a majority of the Volunteer State prospects. The Dobyns-Bennett duo is no different.

"He's a really cool guy. He's just real nice," Foreman said of Graham, a former Vol himself.

The Indians won District 1-AAA and finished 12-1 after falling 41-20 to powerhouse Maryville in the TSSAA Class 6A state quarterfinals on Nov. 16.

"It was real special," Foreman said of his final prep season. "It was real fun. I'm going to miss it a lot."

Both players were selected to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State team, with Foreman on the squad as an athlete and Swafford as a defensive back. Also on the roster were Vol commits Jason Carr and Austin Sanders.

Like Class of 2014 Tennessee commitment Vic Wharton, Foreman held down a number of roles for his team, playing cornerback, quarterback, returnman and wide receiver.

Foreman caught 14 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns before an injury caused him to move to signal-caller, where he threw for 586 yards and four TDs and ran for 1,270 yards (12.3 per attempt) and 17 more TDs. He averaged 52.5 yards per punt return and 35.8 yards per kickoff return.

Swafford broke up nine passes and intercepted three more. He was defensive MVP for the East team in the Toyota East-West All-Star Classic in Cookeville earlier this month.

Foreman won't be chasing coeds or playing video games, letting his skills rot away during his final semester in high school. He competes for the Indian track team and has hopes of running for a state championship. He will run the 100-meter dash and compete on some relay teams.

At the 2012 TSSAA state track meet in late May, Foreman finished second in the Class AAA 100-meter dash, clocking a 10.99.

Foreman plans to get started familiarizing himself with his future teammates on his official visit, which he thinks could come Jan. 18. He isn't sure when exactly he will enroll in classes and is undecided on a major. He reports a grade point average in the 3.5-3.6 range with an ACT score of 22.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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