published Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Vols pick up fourth football commitment of week

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's recruiting run continued on Friday, and the Volunteers now sit atop the class rankings of three major services.

Dominique Booth, a receiver from Pike High School in Indianapolis, announced his commitment to Tennessee via Twitter on Friday afternoon. The 6-foot, 200-pounder is a consensus four-star prospect reportedly committed silently to the Vols a month ago and went public while in Knoxville. He's ranked as the third-best player in Indiana and the No. 239 player in the nation, according to Rivals.com.

"I wanted to be sure of my decision," Booth told the Indianapolis Star. "It feels good to announce, and Coach Jones is fired up. I feel comfortable with the offense [the Volunteers] run because it's a lot like what we run at Pike."

Booth, who also visited Knoxville in mid-June had scholarships offers from a number of programs, including Alabama, Florida State, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Louisville, and he caught 67 passes for 856 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He is Tennessee's fourth commitment of the week, which the Vols have dubbed "Foundation Week." Four-star junior college receiver Eric Lauderdale committed on Monday, followed by four-star safety Cortez McDowell on Tuesday and three-star offensive lineman Ray Raulerson on Thursday. Tennessee is hosting a big weekend of recruiting visits, and many committed and undecided prospects are on campus.

Booth is the Vols' third true receiver commitment, joining Lauderdale and junior college prospect Kameel Jackson. Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), Vic Wharton (Nashville) and Neiko Creamer (Elkton, Md.) are prospects classified as athletes who also could end up at receiver.

Under first-year coach Butch Jones, Tennessee's class, now at 22 commitments, ranks first nationally according to Rivals.com, 247sports.com and Scout.com.

Contact Patrick Brown at pbrown@timesfreepress.com or 901-581-7288. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/patrickbrowntfp.

about Patrick Brown...

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 ...

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