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Tennessee Vols' recruiting run continues

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Head UT football coach Butch Jones. Head UT football coach Butch Jones.

HOOVER, AL (Times Free Press) — Butch Jones managed to make one more recruiting splash before making his Southeastern Conference media days debut here today.

The first-year Tennessee football coach landed a verbal commitment from safety Cortez McDowell, a consensus four-star prospect from Locust Grove High School south of Atlanta who announced his pledge via Twitter Tuesday morning.

"There were a lot of reasons why I picked Tennessee," he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "but the main one was it's a good fit for myself -- somewhere where I'm going to spend the next four or five years of my life. I felt like Tennessee is a great spot for myself, and that's why I went with my gut feeling."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound McDowell is the nation's 12th-ranked safety and No. 131 overall player and the ninth-ranked player in Georgia, according to 247sports.com, and he's a top-250 recruit according to both Rivals.com and ESPN.

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