Tennessee has found some momentum with its 2011 recruiting class.
UT received commitments from two prospects on Tuesday: running back Tom Smith from Apopka (Fla.) High School and safety Brian Randolph from Kell High in Marietta, Ga.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Randolph decided to commit to the Vols after visiting Knoxville on June 5.
He said he discussed the idea with his parents before giving his pledge to UT.
"They wanted me to decide by myself," Randolph said. "I felt it was the right time."
Randolph was influenced by the time he spent with UT's coaching staff, especially defensive backs coach Terry Joseph.
"He's very energetic," Randolph said. "It's easy to pick up on what he's talking about because he's a good teacher."
Joseph should have plenty to work with in Randolph, who said he chose UT over offers from Georgia Tech, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.
UT coach Derek Dooley was able to convince Randolph that playing for the Vols was his best option.
"He's sincere and he really gave me the impression that he really needs me and cares about his players," Randolph said of Dooley.
Smith had the same thought.
The 5-11, 205-pounder gave his commitment to Dooley before leaving Knoxville on Tuesday.
"That's the reason why I made my decision," Smith told The Orlando Sentinel. "(Dooley) was happy that I made my decision."
Smith chose UT over offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Northwestern, Colorado, Wisconsin and Wake Forest.
It didn't appear to be a close race.
"Tennessee was just that much better," Smith told the newspaper.
So much so that Smith said he doesn't plan to consider any other schools.
He does expect more schools to pursue him, which Smith said won't sway his decision.
"I won't be mean or anything," he told the newspaper. "I'll talk to them, but I'll tell them I'm all in with Tennessee."
That's what Dooley is looking for as he builds his first full signing class at UT.
Randolph said Dooley has made character a high priority for the 2011 class.
"He wants to keep the program going in a positive direction," Randolph said. "That's important. If they're going to be my coaches I need to get along with them and understand them."
Smith and Randolph are the fourth and fifth commitments in UT's 2011 class.
They join linebacker Christian Harris from Etowah High in Woodstock, Ga., offensive lineman Alan Posey from Clarke Central High in Athens, Ga., and tight end Andrew Power from Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, Ariz.