Gavin Bryant is 2nd linebacker, 1st Alabamian in Vols’ 2014 class

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Linebacker Gavin Bryant‘s commitment brings Tennessee’s 2014 class back up to 16 commitments, and it also gives the Vols their first player from Alabama.

Bryant is from Jackson, in the southern part of the state and a seven-hour drive from Knoxville, which means the Vols could face intense competition from Alabama and Auburn between now and National Signing Day, especially if Bryant has a big senior season.

For now Bryant is in the fold as the second linebacker commitment of 2014, a position at which the Vols could add as many as five or six new players.

Earlier today, the Vols parted ways with receiver Lawrence Lee. Lee tweeted that the decommitment had nothing to do with the Vols pursuing other slot receivers in the class.

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