Vols lose commit; Gooden 'exploring'

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It sounded confusing when he said it but late Tuesday night it made more sense.

"I just got to work hard and when my signing day comes, maybe I'll be a Vol," Gooden told InsideTennessee when he went public with his declaration to play at Tennessee during a junior day in Knoxville back on Feb. 15.

Now, that "maybe" explains that the Class of 2016 prospect wasn't 100-percent devoted to his decision.

On Tuesday evening, the Haywood (Tenn.) High School defensive lineman withdrew that commitment and said he is "exploring all future possibilities."

Gooden added on Twitter: "Just want to take the time to thank all the Tennessee coaching staff for all they have done for me it's been a good one."

The 6-foot-4, 257-pounder from Brownsville was part of a three-deep list of in-state sophomores committed to Tennessee, joining Gallatin's Dorian Banks and Knoxville's Darel Middleton.

Penn State is the lineman's other scholarship offer to date, although he's drawn interest from Alabama, Florida, State, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State and Vanderbilt as well.

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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 Scout team July 2011.
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