Chad Simmons

Vols coaches 'thrilled and excited' to land Brant Lawless

Tennessee's defensive line of the future got a major boost Monday. Read what Brant Lawless said about his college destination.

Brant Lawless didn’t take his recruitment deep into his senior season as some may have expected.

The skilled defensive tackle brought it to a close Monday afternoon with a verbal commitment to the Tennessee Volunteers.

“Whenever I went up there, it felt like a place I should be,” Lawless told InsideTennessee. “It always felt like home, so I decided to make my move.”

Lawless makes the ninth prep football player to pledge to the Big Orange this April alone. The Nashville Christian School defensive tackle chose Tennessee over his other finalist Ohio State.

“(Ohio State) had really good interest in me, and I was interested in them for awhile but I had to do what was best for me,” Lawless said.

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The Tennessee coaching staff has been after Lawless for quite awhile and the reaction to the news included open arms.

“They were really very thrilled and excited and just welcomed me to the family,” Lawless said.

First-year Tennessee defensive line coach Brady Hoke worked quickly upon arriving in Knoxville this past winter to get Lawless pledged.

“(Hoke) was a really good guy,” Lawless said. “I felt comfortable with talking to him, being around him and always kept in contact. He was a very spiritual man, and I really loved that about him.”

The Scout No. 2-ranked defensive tackle in the Volunteer State’s 2018 class has his sights set on getting his friends Greg Emerson of Jackson and D’Andre Litaker of Murfreesboro to join him on Rocky Top.

“I’m going to try my hardest, I’m going to see if I can get them,” said Lawless, who plays at the same program that produced Tennessee rising sophomore linebacker Daniel Bituli.

Lawless gave a description of what he brings to the table in the trenches: “I like to play a little inside and outside. I like to switch it up a little bit, come to the end and play the three (technique). I feel like I try to be pretty aggressive at times when I have to and make the big plays.”

When the 6-foot-2, 296-pounder starts classes on Rocky Top is to be determined. It could be as soon as January if he can get classes at Nashville Christian School wrapped up this fall.

“I’m going through that process now to see if I can enroll in January actually,” he said.

Expect a love affair between the Music City standout and Vol Nation to continue to develop.

“I want them to know that I’m a very dedicated young man and I work hard at what I do and I strive to be the best,” Lawless said.

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