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Linebacker decommits from Vols

For the second time in less than a week, a linebacker who was committed to Tennessee for months has decided to reopen his recruitment.

Three-star linebacker Colton Goeas of Honolulu's St. Louis School confirmed Saturday that he has decommitted from Tennessee.

Three-star senior linebacker Colton Goeas of Honolulu’s St. Louis School, who had been committed to the Vols since July, told govols247 on Saturday that he has decommitted from Tennessee.

Goeas, a three-star prospect who’s ranked the No. 55 inside linebacker in the industry-generated 247Composite for the 2013 class, confirmed the news of his decommitment just four days after three-star linebacker Dominic Zanca of Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Fla., switched his commitment from Tennessee to Duke.

The 6-foot-2.5, 245-pound Goeas declined to comment beyond confirming that he had parted ways with the Vols and new coach Butch Jones, who was hired to replace Derek Dooley on Dec. 7.

Tennessee now is left with 16 known commitments for the 2013 class.

Goeas is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Leo Goeas and a teammate of Top247 offensive lineman Reeve Koehler, who was one of the top offensive-line targets for Dooley and former Vols offensive line coach Sam Pittman.

At the time of his commitment, Goeas chose Tennessee over scholarship offers from UCLA, Oregon, Kansas, Army, Hawaii and Washington State.

He committed to the Vols upon receiving an offer from them without ever traveling to Knoxville to visit Tennessee’s campus, but he said in July that he “just fell in love with the school” after searching it.

Goeas, like Zanca, was being recruited by Tennessee to play inside linebacker in former defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri’s 3-4 defense. Jones said last week during his introductory press conference that the Vols will “go back to a four-man front” on defense next season.

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