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Tennessee Lands 3-star In-state LB Timothy Hart

Butch Jones

Butch Jones

The Tennessee Volunteers took another big step forward towards locking down in-state Class of 2016 talent on Friday landing 3-star Memphis linebacker Timothy Hart.

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Hart (6-1, 215) had a productive junior season coming up with 77 solo tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, three sacks, an interception, and four quarterback hurries.

College recruiters took notice of the Memphis University talent with 10 FBS programs extending offers. LSU, Missouri, Ole Miss, Memphis, Cal, Indiana and Illinois were among the schools looking to bring Hart to campus in 2016. Hart had reported unofficial visits to Mississippi State and to Tennessee, attending the Vols' spring game, and camped at Ole Miss on June 5 before making his commitment.

Hart made the commitment official posting his decision on Twitter writing, “After much reflection with my family and by myself I am proud to say I've committed to the University of Tennessee.”

Tennessee 2016 Verbal Commitment List

ATH Dorian Banks, 5-9, 168 lbs, Sevier County, Sevierville, Tennessee

ATH TaDarryl Marshall, 6-0, 180 lbs, Leeds HS, Leeds, Alabama

QB Jarrett Guarantano, 6-4, 200 lbs, Bergen Catholic, Oradell, New Jersey

OT Ryan Johnson, 6-6, 277 lbs, Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, Tennessee

TE Devante Brooks, 6-5, 230 lbs, St. John’s College, Washington D.C.

TE Austin Pope, 6-4, 220 lbs, Christian Academy, Knoxville, Tennessee

WR Jeff George, 6-6, 193 lbs, Dodge City C.C., Dodge City, Kansas

WR Corey Henderson, 6-1, 170 lbs, Evangel Christian, Shreveport, Louisiana

CB Marquill Osborne, 5-11, 185 lbs, William Amos Hough, Cornelius, North Carolina

DE Chidi Okonya, 6-6, 230 lbs, Riverdale HS, Riverdale, Georgia

DT Alexis Johnson, 6-4, 299 lbs, Fort Scott C.C., Fort Scott, Kansas

LB Timothy Hart, 6-1, 215 lbs, Memphis University, Memphis, Tennessee

— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.