KNOXVILLE -- As the ink hits the paper on national letters of intent and the faxes begin rolling in this morning, the University of Tennessee's football recruiting efforts have reached a full head of steam with three commitments the last two days.
After defensive back Byron Moore from Los Angeles Harbor Community College in Wilmington, Calif., committed to UT late Monday night, Memphis Central High School tight end Cameron Clear picked the Volunteers on Tuesday afternoon. Dwyer High linebacker Curt Maggitt from West Palm Beach, Fla., followed suit Tuesday night.
The three four-star prospects bring UT's class to 26 players.
Maggitt, who is 6-foot-3 and weighs 195 pounds, is a top-200 player and the No. 31 prospect in Florida according to Rivals.com. He chose UT over Florida and had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida State, among others.
The 6-6, 265-pound Clear is listed on most recruiting sites as an offensive tackle, but the state of Tennessee's No. 2 prospect will begin his UT career at tight end, his position of choice.
Also a standout on Central's basketball team, Clear had offers from Alabama and Auburn. After Luke Stocker's graduation, Mychael Rivera is the Vols' only returning tight end who caught a pass last season.
Moore, who left Southern Cal as a redshirt freshman last July, announced his choice of the Vols over Miami on a California-based online talk show. The 6-1, 205-pounder also had interest in Ohio State, Oregon State and Ole Miss.
"My relationship with Coach [Derek] Dooley -- I respect him a lot," Moore told the show.
"He's like a father figure to me. He's a real down-to-earth dude, very straightforward when he talks. It makes you feel like he really cares -- you get a different feeling with him -- and that stuck out to me. I can't wait to play for him."
Moore, the nation's No. 5 junior college prospect, said he plans to enroll in June. He'll be a redshirt sophomore and should provide immediate help to a thin UT secondary that struggled last season.
His father also had high praise for UT.
"Tennessee came in with more of that family vibe," Byron Moore Sr. told the talk show. "They came in with a plan and an outline for Byron, not just as a football player, but from an education standpoint. When I texted [Byron Jr.] when he was at Tennessee, he said he loved it in all caps."
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Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...