Vols add big commitment

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A little more than 24 hours after the first practice of spring football, Butch Jones and company have their third commitment of the 2014 class.

Four-star safety and Tennessee legacy prospect Todd Kelly Jr. has joined fellow commitments Vic Wharton and Coleman Thomas aboard the Big Orange train.

Kelly and The Webb (Tenn.) School Spartans are fresh off a 2012 TSSAA II-A State Championship after a 47-17 win over Evangelical Christian. Kelly added 118 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the win.

Kelly, who currently carries a 4.0 grade point average, finished his junior season with 1114 yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns. He added another 202 yards receiving and five touchdowns. On defense, he totaled 62 tackles three interceptions and one tackle for loss.

The Knoxville, Tenn., native also took a year off from basketball to focus on gaining speed while running 100-meter, 200, 400 and 4x100 for the Spartan track team, which is helped by former Vol Shane Begnaud, who played for Tennessee 1993-97.

Todd Kelly Sr., played for the Volunteers from 1989-92 at defensive end before being drafted in the first-round (27 pick) of the 1993 NFL draft by the San Fransico 49ers. During his time at Tennessee, Kelly racked up 88 tackles, 22.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 41 games.

Kelly, a 5-foot-11, 180 pounder, chose Tennessee over offers from top schools such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC and Virginia Tech.

Currently, Kelly is listed as the No. 10 safety in the 2014 class according to FOX Sports NEXT. Stay tuned for more of the Vols newest commitment from InsideTennessee.com.


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