Recruiting tear continues

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Butch Jones and his Tennessee coaching staff have struck recruiting gold once again in the form of their fourth four-star commitment of the 2014 class and their eighth commitment overall.

After speaking with four-star tight end prospect Ethan Wolf, InsideTennessee has confirmed that the Minster, Ohio, native has given his pledge to the Orange & White.

"We just committed about five minutes ago," Wolf told InsideTennessee.com. "It really made an affect on us and I felt like this is where I wanted to be. It was awesome."

A 6-foot-6, 240-pounder, Wolf is ranked as FOX Sports NEXT's No. 7 tight end in the 2014 class. Tight ends coach Mark Elder is the lead for Tennessee on him.

"I've known these guys since they were at Cincinnati," Wolf told InsideTennessee. "So, there was kind of a relationship between us and them and what they do and how they use the tight ends and through Travis (Kelce) at UC and the way he caught the ball, blocked and everything.

"There was really nothing negative about this visit that we had today as far as watching film with (tight ends) coach (Mark) Elder and just getting the whole lowdown on Tennessee."

Not only did Wolf grow close with Elder, but several other coaches on the Tennessee staff were key in his recruitment.

"Not just Coach Elder, but Coach (Butch) Jones and Coach (Steve) Stripling. I know there were a lot of other people on staff, but those were really the three that I really had a strong relationship with," he said. "When we first came down here we were wondering how things were going to pan out and it panned out for the best. It is really reassuring that I know what they are going to do and seeing them in action. It is awesome knowing that I am going to get to play for them."

When Wolf gave his commitment to the Vols coaching staff Wednesday evening there was no shortage of jubilation in the room.

"They were all excited," he said. "Everyone was in the room. They were all giving hugs, slapping hands and telling us how excited they were. We are just happy to be apart of this family. Hopefully we are going to help them do big thing and help them recruit through being a commit and get some other guys to come here."

As an Ohio native, Wolf now plans to try to attract some of the Buckeye State's best to head south for Knoxville.

"It would be nice to pull some guys in from Ohio because I have played against some great players," he said. "I play in a lower division, but I know there are some great players in Ohio and it would be nice to get them down here and do some big things here at Tennessee."

As a junior, Wolf reeled in 43 catches for 580 yards and 10 touchdowns for Minster (Ohio) High School while grabbing First-Team All MAC and Second-Team All State Honors in 2012.

Wolf and the Wildcats finished the 2012 season 9-3 overall and were booted from the second round of the OHSAA Division VI state playoffs by Marion (Ohio) Local High School, 41-34.

The addition of Wolf helps supplement Elder's 2014 group that will lose Joesph Ayres to graduation and return mostly upperclassmen including senior Brendan Downs, walk-on redshirt seniors Brock Collier and Dakota Summers and junior Justin King.

Also included in the group, redshirt sophomore Justin Meredith, who has battled injury since he first arrived on Rocky Top. Newly emerging walk-on tight end Alex Ellis will be a redshirt junior.

Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com for a full write-up on the Vols newest commitment of the 2014 class.


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