Tennessee officially added some much-needed help on the offensive line Wednesday morning.
Four-star offensive tackle Dontavius Blair of Garden City (Kan.) Community College signed with Tennessee on Wednesday.
Four-star offensive tackle Dontavius Blair of Garden City (Kan.) Community College signed with the Vols on Wednesday, becoming the third member of their 2014 signing class and giving Tennessee a potential impact player for its rebuilding offensive line.
The 6-foot-8, 302-pound Blair is ranked the nation’s No. 8 junior-college prospect and No. 4 juco offensive tackle in the 247Sports Composite, which equally weighs prospect rankings and ratings from major recruiting media outlets.
Blair, a former standout at Anniston (Ala.) High School, has been committed to the Vols since Oct. 8. He chose Tennessee over Texas A&M, Auburn and Florida State after taking official visits to all four schools, and he’s expected to join the Vols next month as one of more than a dozen early enrollees from their 2014 class.
The Vols are looking to replace all five of their starters on the offensive line from this season.
Junior left tackle Antonio Richardson, who would have been Tennessee’s lone returning starter on the offensive line next year, announced earlier this month that he’s leaving early to enter the NFL draft.
Blair, who played mostly at left tackle at Garden City, said he has been told that he’s likely to replace Richardson in the Vols’ lineup.
“They told me I’ll come in and start at left tackle,” Blair said. “I mean, I really don’t care where I play. I’ve played both sides. Before (Richardson) left, before he declared, I was thinking about right tackle because he had been there. And with me coming in from juco and all that, I mean, he knew the system. But now that he’s gone, it’s opened back up.
“I can play both sides, but wherever you’re comfortable at, that’s where you want to play. I’ll play anywhere — I’ll play guard if I have to — but left tackle is where I’m really, really comfortable at, where I know you can throw me in and I can do my job.”