The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder selected a home on Rocky Top over finalist Auburn. The Tigers were thought to be Fils-Aime’s leader as recent as July 17.
The tables turned when the Naples (Fla.) High School standout unofficially visited Tennessee’s campus in Knoxville on July 23, calling the Vols a “perfect fit.”
He ranks as a four-star prospect and is in the Scout 300 for the 2016 class. Fils-Aime, who has been laser-timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.51 seconds, is also the No. 4 runner in the Sunshine State and No. 18 in the nation.
As a sophomore, Fils-Aime ran for 873 yards and 15 touchdowns. An injured ankle slowed the speedster during his junior season.
The Naples native’s declaration could mean Tennessee closes the door on its recruiting of many running backs in the 2016 class with numbers being tight. Elite backs such as B.J. Emmons and Tavien Feaster may still hear from Vols coaches from time to time.
In its last class, the Vols brought in former Scout five-star Alvin Kamara out of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College as well as the No. 2 back in the Great Lakes State, John Kelly, and organized a late commitment flip of Joseph Young. All three are in Knoxville and will be in uniform when camp gets underway Aug. 3.