Kicker Derrick Brodus and reserve receivers Dylan West and Tyler Drummer were placed on scholarship, according to Twitter posts from the players and teammates. A Tennessee official could not immediately confirm whether the scholarships were intended only for the spring semester or would last the entire year.
With the three additions, Tennessee now has an unofficial count of 69 players on scholarship. The Vols had been expected to bring in at least 20 new players this summer, meaning some players would have to move on to stay below the 85-man scholarship limit.
All three of the new scholarship players are from East Tennessee.
West, who was an All-District defensive back at Oneida High School, is entering his fourth season with the program. He's worked mostly on scout teams and has not appeared in a game.
Brodus, from Maryville, made six of seven field goals and 12 of 14 extra points in a part-time kicking role last season. He gained fame in 2011 when he rushed from his couch to Neyland Stadium minutes before game time as late fill-in and ended up kicking a field goal and three extra points in a victory against Middle Tennessee State.
Drummer, who played at Powell, is entering his fourth year in the program after starting his career at the University of the Cumberlands.
Drummer was the holder for placekicking attempts in nine games last year. He also scored a touchdown on a fake field goal against Missouri on Nov. 10.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.