Malik Brown signs with Vols

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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has turned a second prospect on National Signing Day. Malik Brown, who committed to Syracuse on Dec. 19, changed his mind and signed with the Big Orange instead of the Orangemen today. Interestingly enough, Syracuse's head coach is former Vol aide Doug Marrone.

Earlier in the day Tennessee managed to reroute quarterback Joshua Dobbs (Alpharetta, Ga.). He had been committed to Arizona State since last summer.

Brown is a 6-foot-3, 253-pound defensive end prospect from Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. That's the same school that produced Curt Maggitt, a two-year starter at linebacker for the Volunteers and a factor in Brown's decision.

Although it gives Brown a two-star ranking, FOX Sports NEXT describes him as a "talented defensive end prospect who finished his junior season with 11 sacks."

Brown, who also strongly considered South Florida, spearheaded a Dwyer High defense that allowed just 6.83 points per game in 2012. With Tennessee returning to a 4-3 defense in 2013 after using a 3-4 alignment in 2012, Brown projects to play the same hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position that Maggitt plays.

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