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Tennessee lands commitment from JC defensive end Dorian Gerald

Dorian Gerald
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Tennessee picked up another commitment for its 2018 recruiting class Thursday when three-star junior college defensive end Dorian Gerald announced his decision via Twitter.

Gerald (6 feet 3, 255 pounds), who plays at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif., is a top-15 junior college recruit nationally. Gerald, a native of Florence, S.C., chose the Vols over South Carolina, Louisville, Florida and LSU.

Gerald is the Vols’ 17th commitment for the 2018 class and the fifth from a defensive lineman.

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Green was an underrecruited prospect during his high school career, which led to his decision to head west. He began to receive offers from SEC schools in the beginning of April, as well as several other major Power Five programs, including Florida State and Oklahoma.

“I give all the credit to God,” Gerald told GN in May. “I prayed about it and it happened. I felt like it was going to happen eventually; I just didn’t know when. I started praying and everything just started working out for me.

“It’s exciting, but at the same time I have to stay focused. My parents and my coaches, they tell me to try and not look at the logo of these schools. They want me to look at the coach and the relationship I have with the coach.”

He had a huge freshman season, with 12 sacks and 24 tackles for loss at College of the Canyons, which is located in a suburb of Los Angeles.

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