Adonis Otey knows the roadways from the mid-state to Rocky Top quite well.
The sophomore defensive back has made several trips to see Tennessee’s campus, coaches, games and practices. On Thursday, Otey decided that Knoxville will be his next home.
“First off I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play football and my family, my coaches and teammates for believing in me throughout this process,” Otey said in a release. “I would also like to thank all of the colleges that have recruited me on this journey, but now I would like to say I’m committing to the University of Tennessee.”
The 6-foot, 168-pounder played his sophomore season at Franklin Road Academy but has since transferred back to Blackman High School, which is the same program that produced Vols wide receiver Jauan Jennings.
Otey took visits to Gainesville, Louisville and Knoxville this spring before coming to his decision. Last year, he took campus trips at North Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Otey started impressing coaches and scouts early into his prep career and earned Scout four-star prospect status before his sophomore season.
The Murfreesboro native selected Tennessee offers from schools such as Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Louisville and Vanderbilt.
According to Scout: “Otey is a defensive back who plays a lot of free safety with great range and instincts. He really closes on the ball well and he has great range on the back end of the defense. His home on the next level could be cornerback. He has a great feel for the game and he will get bigger in the coming years.”
Tennessee now has Otey and Cameron Wynn committed for its 2019 class. Listed as soft commits are Independence (Tenn.) High School receivers Kendrell Scurry and TJ Sheffield. All told, the Vols have picked up seven pledges in the month of April.