KNOXVILLE – Tennessee received its fourth commitment for the 2015 class on Saturday night when defensive end Andrew Butcher of Alpharetta, Ga., committed to coach Butch Jones on Saturday night while visiting campus.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive lineman chose the Vols over early offers from Clemson, Arkansas, Utah, West Virginia and Connecticut.

Butcher attends the same high school (Alpharetta High) as did incoming Vol freshman quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who enrolled at UT earlier this month.

As is the case with most 2015 prospects, Butcher hasn’t been ranked by the recruiting services yet.


The Vols are now tied with Texas [4] for the nation’s lead in commitments for the 2015 class. Jones has shown a philosophy of offering prospects early and accepting earlier commitments than did previous coaching staffs at UT.

Andrew Butcher highlights (via 247Sports Studio)

Defensive end has been a priority position for Jones in recruiting thus far. The Vols brought in five in the class of 2013 – Corey Vereen, Jason Carr, Malik Brown, Jaylen Miller and Kendal Vickers. They have a commitment from one – Joe Henderson – in the class of 2014 and now Butcher for 2015.

Tennessee’s 2015 commitments:

.OL Jack Jones (6-6/270/Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

. OL Zach Stewart (6-5/280/Coalfield, Tenn.)

. ATH Jaylond Woods (5-9/160/Lenoir City, Tenn.)

. DE Andrew Butcher (6-3/235/Alpharetta, Ga.)

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