published Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Kicker Tommy Townsend fifth UT Vols commitment in three days

Late June is usually a docile time in the college football world, but that's not the case at Tennessee.

The Volunteers have 18 commitments for their 2015 signing class after receiving nonbinding pledges from five prospects since Saturday. The latest to commit was kicker Tommy Townsend from Orlando, Fla., who made his announcement Monday afternoon.

"Just committed to the University of Tennessee!" Townsend posted on Twitter. "It's an honor and a blessing!

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Townsend is rated the No. 2 punter nationally by and the No. 5 kicker nationally by He also had scholarship offers from Baylor and Colorado, according to 247Sports.

Tennessee this past weekend received commitments from tailback Alvin Kamara (5-11, 195) of Norcross, Ga., tight end Kyle Oliver (6-4, 226) of Murfreesboro, and defensive tackle Quay Picou (6-2, 260) and linebacker Austin Smith (6-3, 220) of Buford, Ga.

Kamara signed with Alabama in 2013, redshirted last season and received a release from his scholarship in January. He will play this season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas before returning to the Southeastern Conference in 2015.

Rivals rates Oliver as the No. 14 tight end nationally and Picou as the No. 23 defensive tackle. Smith is the No. 73 outside linebacker according to 247Sports.

Tennessee's class is rated seventh nationally by Rivals and 247Sports. The six schools ahead of the Volunteers are Alabama, which is No. 1 in both services, Clemson, Texas A&M, Penn State, Auburn and South Carolina.

Contact David Paschall at or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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