KNOXVILLE – It didn’t take long for in-state kicker Aaron Medley to make up his mind about Tennessee.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder out of Lewisburg, Tenn., was offered by the Vols on Tuesday and committed to coach Butch Jones on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the 13th member of UT’s 2014 signing class.
Medley, who can also punt and kickoff, chose the Vols over early offers from Texas A&M and Oklahoma. He hit 3-of-6 field goals with a long of 50 as a junior in 2012 and averaged 40.3 yards per punt.
"Aaron is an outstanding kicker,” Scout.com’s Chris Sailer wrote in a scouting report. “A great-looking athlete with a strong leg. Very smooth and accurate off the ground. Kickoffs are big time. Also shows excellent punting potential. Aaron will challenge for the top combo prospect in the nation.”
Former Tennessee kicker James Wilhoit has worked as a private coach for Medley.
How he fits: The kicking and punting games have been sore spots for the Vols over the past few years, but help is on the way. Medley will arrive in 2014 alongside punter Tim Gleeson, who will be eligible that season after transferring to Tennessee this offseason from Wyoming.
Kicker/punter Michael Palardy will graduate after 2013. That leaves punter Matt Darr and kicker Derrick Brodus, both currently redshirt juniors, as the only experienced specialists who will be on the roster in 2014. Both will be seniors at that point. Redshirt freshman kicker George Bullock will also be on the team. He missed all of 2012 with a broken leg.
ESPN.com: NR yet
Scout.com: NR yet
247Sports.com: NR yet
247Sports.com Composite: NR yet
Tennessee’s 2014 commitments (247Sports Composite ranking)
K Aaron Medley (NR)
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee football for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga