Tennessee continued its recruiting success in Georgia on Friday when athlete Vincent Dallas from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood committed to the Vols.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Dallas is UT’s sixth commitment from the state of Georgia in the 2011 signing class.
“We’re starting a connection with the Georgia boys,” Dallas said. “We’re going to help turn the program around.”
Dallas said he believes that’s possible because of UT’s coaching staff.
“They give me a lot of confidence,” Dallas said of UT’s coaches. “Everybody just needs to get comfortable and get everything together and we’re going to take off.”
Dallas said he chose UT over Florida.
He also had offers from such schools as Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Dallas took an official visit to Florida last weekend, which helped convince him to choose UT.
“I took my visit to Florida but I just kept thinking Tennessee, Tennessee, Tennessee,” Dallas said. “I just felt more comfortable there. I feel like it’s the place where I can better myself.”
Dallas, who’s being recruited to play wide receiver at UT, said he believes he can be a nice complement to standout freshman receiver Justin Hunter.
“He’s a good receiver,” Dallas said. “I’ll fit in right beside him. I can come in and be the speed guy.”
Dallas said he’ll visit UT on Oct. 23 to watch the Vols play Alabama before he returns to Knoxville for an official visit on Dec. 3.
Dallas took two trips to UT’s campus during the summer.
“It was wonderful,” Dallas said. “It was really a sight to see. I really enjoyed my time there and how much love I got from Tennessee.”
UT’s other commitments from the state of Georgia are cornerback Justin Coleman of Brunswick, linebacker Christian Harris of Woodstock, linebacker A.J. Johnson of Gainesville, offensive lineman Alan Posey of Athens and defensive back Brian Randolph of Marietta.
Dallas is UT’s first commitment from a receiver and 18th commitment overall for the 2011 class.
Josh Ward is a freelance contributor.