Longtime Vols commitment DaVonte Lambert signing with Auburn

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Junior college defensive end prospect DaVonte Lambert is signing with the Auburn Tigers.

Lambert made the announcement via Twitter. His high school tweeted a photo of Lambert signing his Letter of Intent.

Lambert, a 6-3, 278-pound strongside end at Georgia Military College, had been verbally committed to Tennessee since August. But Auburn made a late push and Lambert had reportedly wrestled with his decision up until the junior college signing period began on Tuesday.

A native of Waynesboro, Ga., Lambert is the No. 6 overall junior college player according to the 247Sports Composite ratings and the top strongside defensive end.

The Vols signed three junior college prospects earlier on Wednesday. Receiver Von Pearson, offensive tackle Dontavius Blair and defensive tackle Owen Williams all submitted National Letters of Intent and plan to enroll at UT in January and go through spring practice.

The Vols could welcome almost a dozen more early enrollees next month. The traditional National Signing Day for high school prospects is Feb. 5.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.

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Comments » 25

CASEXX writes:

This one we could have really used but we're gonna have a great class when all the ink is dry.

atnvol#283282 writes:

Cannot say as I blame him...he can go to a team that is highly competitive in the SEC. TN needs to win more games next year so that we don't look so pitiful to some of these highly recruited jucos as they come with their clocks already running out of time and want to go where they can not only contribute immediately but also play for a team that has a chance to compete for a SEC title.

mikeh#259622 writes:

It would seem to me that while playing for an already winning program would be enticing that the opportunity to play now would be very compelling for a JUCO guy since they don't have time to sit or play just a limited number of snaps for 2 years. If they really dream of moving on to the NFL then playing time would seem to be really more important than just playing for an already winning program.

bUTch__please writes:

I'd rather welcome the 3 that did sign.

Pearson, Williams and Blair...welcome to Big Orange Country! Glad to have you here.

maciste54 writes:

A winning team is all that matters to some young players. Look at the success of Ky. basketball in recruiting. Mostly on tradition and winning. Oh well, if his heart wasn't as a Vol then it's better he go elsewhere. Good luck.

gc_scvol writes:

Welcome new Vols. As for Lambert, he has to do what he has to do. We can't get them all. ALL VOL...ALL THE TIME

utfans#211352 writes:

Too bad, good defensive linemen can make such a difference. Had to expect him to flip when he it came down to announcing a decision, real commits don't need to re-announce.

BrassMonkey writes:

Losing season, losing recruits. This won't be the last one to jump ship

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

All you idiots that chant SEC SEC SEC! The first crack in the future, he can go to a team that returns most of their starters next year and will be pre-season top 5 even without a NC. If they win it all their coaches which include a couple of ex Vol coaches can highlight two National Championships in three years while the Vols scrape the bottom losing to Vanderbilt and have become comfortable at 5-7 and no bowl. Auburn found a way to win their games while the Vols continue to find a way to lose. Butch is recruiting 50 so he can sign 25-28. Ohio State passed UT in the rankings today on rivals. Auburn will passing UT shortly. If these guys are truly 4 and 5 stars they don't have to go to a bottom feeder to play.
So all you misguided so-called Tennessee fans continue to pull for Auburn in the NC and our other hated rivals as the Vols sit at home and watch these teams get the glory and accolades. A long time until February 6 to watch the slow bleeding that started today by committed recruits.

wilk58 writes:

Can't sign them all. Let's hope the majority that sign are solid contributos.

JSmith525 writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

All you idiots that chant SEC SEC SEC! The first crack in the future, he can go to a team that returns most of their starters next year and will be pre-season top 5 even without a NC. If they win it all their coaches which include a couple of ex Vol coaches can highlight two National Championships in three years while the Vols scrape the bottom losing to Vanderbilt and have become comfortable at 5-7 and no bowl. Auburn found a way to win their games while the Vols continue to find a way to lose. Butch is recruiting 50 so he can sign 25-28. Ohio State passed UT in the rankings today on rivals. Auburn will passing UT shortly. If these guys are truly 4 and 5 stars they don't have to go to a bottom feeder to play.
So all you misguided so-called Tennessee fans continue to pull for Auburn in the NC and our other hated rivals as the Vols sit at home and watch these teams get the glory and accolades. A long time until February 6 to watch the slow bleeding that started today by committed recruits.

Cry much?

threehundredbowler writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

All you idiots that chant SEC SEC SEC! The first crack in the future, he can go to a team that returns most of their starters next year and will be pre-season top 5 even without a NC. If they win it all their coaches which include a couple of ex Vol coaches can highlight two National Championships in three years while the Vols scrape the bottom losing to Vanderbilt and have become comfortable at 5-7 and no bowl. Auburn found a way to win their games while the Vols continue to find a way to lose. Butch is recruiting 50 so he can sign 25-28. Ohio State passed UT in the rankings today on rivals. Auburn will passing UT shortly. If these guys are truly 4 and 5 stars they don't have to go to a bottom feeder to play.
So all you misguided so-called Tennessee fans continue to pull for Auburn in the NC and our other hated rivals as the Vols sit at home and watch these teams get the glory and accolades. A long time until February 6 to watch the slow bleeding that started today by committed recruits.

Go SEC. Give us an undefeated Bowl year. SEC SEC SEC.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Losing season, losing recruits. This won't be the last one to jump ship

You are SOOOOOOO SMRT. I omitted the "A" intentionally, Doofus.

IndianOutlaw writes:

The Sky is Falling, The Sky is Falling, The Sky is Falling. Hey jerks get a friggin life. These are kids. And what are you going to say when we turn 1 like we did North last year. It happens, get used to it and STFU. Nuf said.

asleep#212036 writes:

Couple of things that likely did us in: his official visit to Auburn happened to be the Auburn/Alabama game and his roommate (and best friend) was already committed to Auburn. When Rodney Garner got there to close the deal, as he did for Georgia and Tennessee back in the day, it was over. Yes, we needed him but with Dee Ford graduating I'm sure he was told he would be the starter there next year. Not likely, but Garner will say anything and most of these kids have stars in their eyes and are unable to discern a sales pitch from the truth. We all knew that we would lose a few and it may not be over but unlike Dooley, Butch has gotten commitments from a lot of high-powered kids instead of going second tier to make sure nobody flips. But next year a bowl game is a must or I'm afraid the negative recruiting will keep our talent low and our wins scarce for the foreseeable future. We all said we would be happy with a Top 10 recruiting class and right now, that seems to be a pretty sure thing. Dooley's last two classes were #'s 21 and 29 so we will definitely be upgrading some talent. Let's not get crazy just yet, let's see what Butch can recruit and see what he and his staff can do with them on the field next year. This time next year we should have enough data points to begin to predict the future but right now we're still flying blind. Go Vols!!!

stevefromjasper writes:

in response to threehundredbowler:

Go SEC. Give us an undefeated Bowl year. SEC SEC SEC.

...except for Alabama and Ole Miss.

Slats writes:

U.T. may have been outbid for this one! We only want young men who want to be a VOL for life! All teams lose a few prior to signing day!

Good luck Devonte, we wish you the best! GO VOLS

towmater writes:

Verbal commitments mean NOTHING. I wish the KS would stop reporting on them. Let me know when the ink is on a letter of intent.

eepwlg writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

All you idiots that chant SEC SEC SEC! The first crack in the future, he can go to a team that returns most of their starters next year and will be pre-season top 5 even without a NC. If they win it all their coaches which include a couple of ex Vol coaches can highlight two National Championships in three years while the Vols scrape the bottom losing to Vanderbilt and have become comfortable at 5-7 and no bowl. Auburn found a way to win their games while the Vols continue to find a way to lose. Butch is recruiting 50 so he can sign 25-28. Ohio State passed UT in the rankings today on rivals. Auburn will passing UT shortly. If these guys are truly 4 and 5 stars they don't have to go to a bottom feeder to play.
So all you misguided so-called Tennessee fans continue to pull for Auburn in the NC and our other hated rivals as the Vols sit at home and watch these teams get the glory and accolades. A long time until February 6 to watch the slow bleeding that started today by committed recruits.

Stick it.

vut5686#1405392 writes:

Those defending Adams silly article the other day (re: ".....Tennessee Family will have to be reduced.....) need to get real. Airlines overbook, salesmen oversell and college recruiters....if they are going to be successful, over recruit. Lambert just proves the point. He did what he thought was best....just as Coach and staff will do what they think best to be at 85 when the time comes. No reason to think we will not have a good class and no reason to think there will be no defectors. February is a little way off; patience is in order.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Love all the responses of the idiots that just affirmed my issue with supporting Tennessee's rivals. You will support the SEC teams that are winners while you watch ineptitude on the field and recruits that want to play for a winner instead of a promise of Wait Until Next Year you can be a starter against a National Champion. Obviously not UT graduates or Tennessee Fund Donors. Just losers wanting to attach themselves vicariously with a sports team that laughs at the Vols as they destroy them in Neyland Stadium while they run up to their band and visitor section as the Vols crawl into their North end locker room embarrassed again!
If you morons had skin in the game or even played Pop Warner football you would never pull for a competitor. Pathetic!

wwaltwilliams#326927 writes:

Attention UT Fans:

This will not be the last recruiting defection this year. Better get used to it.

Teams that consistently under achieve like UT has for the past five years or more often lose top flight recruits, especially when top tier SEC teams finally come calling.

You can't blame the kids ... for the top tier recruits that hope to make it to the NFL, this is a business decision. Being a "Vol For Life" is great, but it does not compare to becoming an instant millionaire when you get drafted.

Better face the facts ... we have four quarterbacks (which means we don't have one). More alarmingly, we don't have a top rated QB on the recruiting board for this year. It's not that the coaching staff has not tried ... the top talent is simply not interested in joining a team so lacking in talent.

Without a trigger, you can't shoot your gun. In today's college football world, if your team cannot consistently score 30 points per contest and keep your defense off the field, you are not going to win many games.

Add in next year's schedule and the forecast looks grim ... UT could actually field better talent and depth at most positions next year and still lose eight (or more) games.

With the scholarship limitations and the time limit on player development, it's going to be a long road back to respectability.

And to reach the top tier again, longer still. Right now, the Vols are close to the bottom in the SEC, with only Kentucky separating them from last place. And I don't see too many SEC teams getting worse next year.

Butch Jones and his staff have a difficult challenge ahead of them ... I hope they succeed, but it's going to take many years before they do so.

Sauce writes:

You guys don't get it. It's called SHOW ME THE MONEY!

murrayvol writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Losing season, losing recruits. This won't be the last one to jump ship

Are you the last of the KNS plants?

murrayvol writes:

in response to Sauce:

You guys don't get it. It's called SHOW ME THE MONEY!

Some of us do.

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