D'Imperio picks MSU over UT

Tennessee's linebacker board just lost another name.

Hugh D'Imperio of Sewell, N.J., committed to Michigan State during a visit with Spartan coaches Thursday night.

''He's going to Michigan State,'' Hugh's mother, Donna, told Miller Safrit of TheInsiders.com. ''He decided yesterday and he blew me off my feet when he decided. He had the coaches over because it was the last time they could visit.''

After meeting with the Spartan coaches briefly, young D'Imperio spoke with his father, then returned to give his pledge to MSU.

His mom recalled the events in these words: ''He went upstairs to talk to his father, and he came back in fifteen minutes later and said 'I'm going to commit to you guys.' He said that is where he belongs. He called up Coach (John L.) Smith and said that he was going to be a Spartan.''

D'Imperio visited Knoxville earlier this month and seemed impressed. He subsequently termed UT's facilities ''incredible.''

Tennessee recruiters have lost three of their top linebacker prospects in a matter of hours. Earlier Thursday, Lawrence Timmons picked Florida State and Josh Johnson picked Georgia.

The Vols remain in the hunt for several top 'backers. The most notable probably are Brian Toal (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Robert Ayers (Bennettsville, S.C.).


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