Tennessee added the scorer it was looking for in the men's basketball Class of 2012 when junior college standout D'Montre Edwards said he would sign with the Vols on Nov. 9.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound wing from Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Fla., committed Saturday night during his official visit.
"I had all the tools coming out of high school; it was just a matter of me putting them all together and lifting consistently,'' Edwards said Sunday. "I've also grown two inches since coming out of high school.''
Texas A&M, Mississippi State, DePaul and the College of Charleston were also recruiting Edwards, who played for West Ashley High School in Charleston, S.C., before going the juco route.
Edwards said he has canceled visits he had set up this week at DePaul and Texas A&M.
Edwards led Brevard with 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds last season, hitting 37 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line. He was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection last season and made the Florida Community College Activities Association all-tournament team.
Edwards said he enjoyed his trip to Knoxville, especially the scene at Neyland Stadium for Saturday night's football game between Tennessee and South Carolina.
"That was crazy,'' Edwards said. "I have never seen anything like that in my life.''
As much as Edwards enjoyed the football game and the UT campus, it's clear that new Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin is the reason he decided to pick the Vols.
"When Coach Martin first came down to visit me, I was sure that not only could he make me a better basketball player, but he could also make me a better person in life,'' Edwards said. "He understands all I've been through in life, and he also gets what it's all about being a student-athlete. I knew all about him before I met him.''
The Vols are also expected to sign 6-8 wing Derek Reese from Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla. Reese committed to UT in August.
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32