The University of Tennessee football program collected a big commitment, literally, Tuesday when Clarke Central (Ga.) offensive lineman Alan Posey chose the Vols over Clemson.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Posey is UT's second commitment of the 2011 recruiting class and also the second from the Peach State, joining Etowah High linebacker Christian Harris.
Posey had narrowed his choices to UT and Clemson but also had offers from LSU, Louisville, West Virginia, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati and Illinois.
"I just felt like Tennessee was a better fit for me," Posey told the Knoxville News Sentinel. "There wasn't a bad thing about Clemson. I just liked Tennessee more.
"I'm going to come in and work my tail off. Whatever they want me to play, I'll play it and see if I can get in."
Two factors that helped Tennessee earn Posey's pledge were early playing time and familiarity with two coaches. The Vols will have five new starters on the offensive line this season and there is little depth behind them, which could open the door for early playing time for 2011 recruits as well as 2010 freshmen.
Also, UT head coach Derek Dooley and new defensive line coach Chuck Smith both are Clarke Central graduates.