The Tennessee Volunteers added three commitments to their 2018 recruiting class this week, including a pledge from three-star linebacker Matthew Flint.
“I’ve been leaning on Tennessee for a long time now,” Flint told GN. “I knew I was going to commit. I decided to commit on a significant day and there’s nothing like your last first day of high school. So I just thought it would be a perfect moment.”
Flint (6 feet 0, 213 pounds), from Gurley (Ala.) Madison County, near Huntsville, chose Tennessee over offers from, among others, Auburn, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
“I really just bought in with the coaching staff,” he said. “I’m really close with them and I’m really cool with the defensive coaches. They are just real cool people up there.”
What type of linebacker are the Volunteers getting?
“I’m a fast linebacker that can cover in space,” he said. “I’m basically a safety playing linebacker, just because I’m so big. I’m also a mobile player that can move in space and cover tight ends and running backs coming out of the backfield. I’m just a really versatile player.”
Flint, who was born in Alabama, always wanted to play in the SEC.
“I was born here, but I moved up to Pittsburgh and then came back,” Flint said. “Down here in Alabama, everyone is crazy college fans, but my love is the NFL. I’m a big Steelers fan. We came back here when I was 8 years old and that’s when I got really wrapped up in it and that’s when I wanted to play in the SEC.”
So, what about a player from Alabama crossing state lines to head to Knoxville?
“I never did get wrapped up in the Alabama-Auburn thing, when everyone says if you’re from
Alabama you have to go to Alabama or Auburn,” he said. “I had nothing to do with that, clearly.”
Flint says he was just ready to make his commitment and be done with it.
“I could’ve played with the pressure of not being committed, but if you’re going to do something, you might as well go ahead and get it done,” he said.
Tennessee has 20 commitments for its 2018 recruiting class, which ties the Vols with LSU
for the most in the SEC.
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