Merrill Noel of Pahokee (Fla.) High School committed to Florida State after visiting Knoxville last weekend as part of Tennessee’s summer camp.
The 5-foot-8, 160-pound defensive back was the second prospect from Pahokee to commit on Monday to Florida State, joining receiver De’Joshua Johnson.
UT won’t likely give up the fight for the two prospects, especially since both have said they will take official visits to other schools besides FSU.
UT hosted 11 players from Pahokee last weekend. The Vols also offered scholarships to defensive linemen Richard Ash and Antonio Ford and linebacker Zach Allen.
Pahokee has stood out in the recruiting world recently because of UT coach Lane Kiffin, who made less-than-flattering comments about the town shortly after National Signing Day on Feb. 4.