Tennessee's newest football signee is a linebacker and California state champion in the discus and shot put.
Oh, and he was also considered the nation's top-rated punter for the 2010 signing class.
Such was the bizarre recruitment of Matt Darr from Frontier High School in Bakersfield, Calif. (who plans to only punt at UT).
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Darr signed with UT on Wednesday morning, picking the Vols over LSU in the most recent development of a recruitment that had more twists and turns than the Pacific Coast Highway.
Darr originally committed to play for Southern California. Twenty-four days before signing day, former coach Pete Carroll was hired by the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
Darr then signed with Fresno State on Feb. 3. One month later, special teams coach John Baxter wasn't retained by Fresno State and was hired by new USC coach Lane Kiffin.
Darr said he tried to remain open-minded about playing for Fresno State throughout his senior year. Then, he finally decided to play elsewhere. Somewhat surprisingly, Fresno State coach Pat Hill granted Darr his full release about a week ago.
"At the time I really didn't know what my options were because I hadn't been contacted by other schools (since signing with Fresno State)," said Darr, who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
With Baxter joining the Trojans, USC would have seemed like a natural fit for Darr. That, however, wasn't the case with a well-known former UT coach at the helm.
"I know you guys really don't like Lane Kiffin; I guess I feel the same way," said Darr, who added that USC's recent NCAA sanctions were also a drawback to playing for USC. "It didn't strike me as the most appealing place to be once the new staff got in there."
That brought in another UT connection. UT special teams/tight ends coach Eric Russell recruited Darr to Texas Tech last season before joining UT's staff. Now, a new chase for Darr was on.
LSU was soon in the mix. Darr took official visits to both schools. Both had strong appeal.
"I had never been to an SEC school to see what it was like," Darr said. "I was really just blown away."
In the end, Darr signed with UT over LSU partly because of the Vols' emphasis on special teams. Moreover, UT head coach Derek Dooley has coached many phases of the kicking game.
Darr traveled home to California on Wednesday and will return next week to enroll at UT.
His resume is impressive. Darr averaged 42.9 yards per punt last season with a career long of 71 yards. He also booted a 53-yard field goal while registering 96 tackles as a linebacker last season.
In track and field, Darr defended his shot put title with a personal-record 63 feet, 9.75 inches in the state finals but settled for fifth place in the discus after winning the event last year at 192-0.
"I guess I'm like an all-around athlete," Darr said modestly.
That modesty should carry over to this season. Despite his pedigree, he said he's willing to redshirt in 2010 if UT can get the kicking job done.
UT has a senior punter, Chad Cunningham, and senior field goal kicker, Daniel Lincoln, and one of the top-rated placekicking prospects in the nation, freshman Michael Palardy, prepared to kick this season.
Still, kickoffs - and maybe more - are possible for Darr. After all, who would have expected the No. 1-rated punter to end up in Knoxville in July?
"It's going to be a great place for me to compete on a national level and show what I have," Darr said.