Defensive tackle Allan Carson of Oxford, Ala., told InsideTennessee.com on Tuesday night that he committed to Tennessee.
"I called Lance Thompson and Chuck Smith," Carson told the website. "I didn't get to tell Coach (Derek) Dooley about my commitment, he is out of town right now. Coach Thompson and Coach Smith were excited."
The 6-foot-1, 308-pound Carson has made three unofficial visits to UT, including the Orange and White Game in April.
"I had my mind made up for Tennessee for a while," Carson told InsideTennessee.com. "I made the final decision tonight."
Illinois and Kentucky also offered Carson.
"They were the first to offer me, now I have eight offers," Carson told InsideTennessee.com. "They always made me feel very welcomed on their campus."
Carson is UT's seventh commitment for the 2011 signing class.
"I love the UT coaching staff a lot," Carson told the website. "Now I can focus on my senior season."