LB Jerome Dews says he’ll enroll at prep school rather than Tennessee this summer


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Longtime Tennessee verbal commitment Jerome Dews said Tuesday that he planned to enroll in prep school and indicated that academics may have played a role in his indirect path to college football.

Dews, a three-star linebacker from Maryland, announced the news on Twitter.

It is unlikely that Dews will formally sign with Tennessee on Wednesday, so his departure effectively reduces the Vols’ recruiting class to 33 players.

Dews could be considered a gray-shirt, in that he is delaying his enrollment to UT until at least January 2015, although he would be free to sign with any team or enroll at any school after his stint at prep school. With fewer spots available next year, there’s also no guarantee that the Vols will recruit Dews in the next cycle.

Here is Tennessee’s new commitment list.