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Sawyers signs with Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee announced that four-star defensive tackle Michael Sawyers signed with the Vols just prior to a Wednesday morning ceremony at his school, choosing the Vols over Ole Miss, Georgia Tech and more than two dozen other scholarship offers.

Sawyers, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle from Nashville’s Ensworth School, was a solid Vanderbilt commitment until Coach James Franklin’s departure for Penn State last month.

Sawyers reopened his recruitment on Jan. 15 and spent the next three weekends visiting Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Tennessee, in that order.

The commitment of Sawyers — the nation’s No. 368 overall prospect and No. 28 defensive tackle, according to the 247Composite — gives Tennessee nine of the top 11 prospects inside its borders and enhances an already-elite class comprised by second-year head coach Butch Jones and his staff.

Saywers, the No. 8 overall prospect and No. 2 defensive tackle in Tennessee, according to the 247Composite, will join top in-state lineman Charles Mosley in Knoxville.

The 247Sports staff will have more on Sawyers’ decision — including quotes from the player — later Wednesday.

Contact Wes Rucker at wrucker@247sports.com, www.twitter.com/wesrucker247 or www.facebook.com/wesrucker247

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