Power becomes commitment No. 3 for Vols

Derek Dooley picked up his third commitment for his 2011 recruiting class when a former South Carolina tight end chose to become a Tennessee Volunteer. Go "Inside" to get the latest on the newest Vol.

The newest Tennessee Volunteer describes himself as unique.

A well traveled young man.

Originally from Myrtle Beach, S.C., Andrew Power has been in search of the perfect situation in football.

He thinks he has found it. Power took an unofficial visit to Tennessee on Thursday, and on Friday he became the Vols' and Derek Dooley's third commitment for the recruiting class of 2011. Power, who is playing this fall at Arizona Western Junior College, will graduate in December and enroll at Tennessee in January.

"The main thing that stood out about Tennessee was the coaching staff," Power told InsideTennessee.com. "You can tell that they are high quality people, great guys, easy to talk to. I like what Coach Dooley stands for, I love his plans to turn the program around."

Power also likes the fact that Dooley loves using the tight end in his offensive system.

"He has a lot of experience with tight ends," Power said. "He can prepare me for the next level."

Power took an unofficial visit to Rocky Top on Thursday and spent most of his day in Knoxville. Instead of rushing a decision, he wanted to talk to his parents back home before making the call.

"I called the coaches Friday morning and told them I was a Volunteer," Power said. "I knew it was too good of an opportunity to pass up."

Power is a 6-foot-5, 265-pound athlete, who runs a 4.65 40.

He spent time at South Carolina as a walk-on before leaving in the spring of 2009. He attended Georgia Southern one semester before transferring to Arizona Western Junior College. He will play there this fall for the first time. He participated in spring ball, according to Coach Thomas Minnick.

"He is very big and very physical," Coach Minnick said. "He definitely passes the eyeball test. He is a big guy that has a lot of talent."

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