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Multiple Vols make draft decisions

Multiple Tennessee juniors announced their NFL Draft decisions Monday, but the Vols are still waiting to hear from a few others.

Tennessee junior receiver Justin Hunter confirmed Monday that he'll declare for the NFL Draft.

One UT player has declared for the draft, two have said they’re coming back to school and three remain publicly quiet to this point.

Receiver Justin Hunter broke his own news Monday, posting one word — “declared” — on his Twitter account.

Hunter, who has been projected by many analysts as a first- or second-round pick, confirmed minutes later to govols247 that he was indeed going to declare for the draft.

UT offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James and offensive guard Zach Fulton — roommates and close friends who have started alongside each other since their true freshmen seasons — both took to Twitter earlier on Monday to announce their decisions to remain in school and bolster an offensive line that likely will be considered one of the nation’s best going into next fall.

“Blessed to have another year to get better and another opportunity at winning a championship. I gotta take advantage of it,” James tweeted late Monday morning.

Fulton didn’t tweet that he was returning, but he retweeted fans who thanked him for returning and confirmed to sources that he was indeed staying in school.

UT is still waiting to hear formal decisions from quarterback Tyler Bray, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and nose guard Daniel McCullers, but multiple sources have told govols247 that Bray and Patterson are leaning toward turning pro. McCullers, meanwhile, is believed to be learning toward returning for his senior season.

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