Tennessee has signed the top punter in the nation in the 2010 class.
Matt Darr plans to enroll this summer in time for second semester classes.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Darr, who is from Frontier High School in Bakersfield, Calif., took an official visit to UT this week and was scheduled to depart Knoxville on Wednesday.
Darr had signed a letter of intent with Fresno State, but was released.
He initially committed to Southern California but reopened his recruitment after coach Pete Carroll left for the NFL two days before signing day.
Former Fresno State special teams coach John Baxter helped sign Darr but Baxter's contract was not renewed by Fresno State. Baxter then joined Southern California's staff.
He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was selected to the MaxPreps All-America first team. Darr averaged 42.9 yards per punt with a career long of 71 for Frontier. Darr turned in 96 tackles, a team-high 79 solo, from his linebacker position. As a junior, he averaged 46.3 yards per punt with 93 tackles.
Darr also excelled in track and field, leading Frontier to the state championship this month with individual titles in the shot put (62 feet, 1.25 inches) and discus (192-0). For his combined efforts, Darr was named a finalist for the MaxPreps National Athlete of the Year.
“We have never signed a special teams player with the raw natural ability that Matt has,” Fresno State coach Pat Hill said on signing day. “He’s a powerful player and has the ability to change a game by quickly by changing field position with one swing of his leg.”
UT has one scholarship punter, senior Chad Cunningham, on its roster.
UT also signed the top placekicker in the nation, Michael Palardy from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is scheduled to enroll in July.