DE Kendal Vickers of Havelock, NC will wear orange, not garnet, and will get to the SEC sooner than he expected after developments this week led to his opportunity to join the Tennessee football program.
Vickers was a late qualifier and had planned to attend Georgia Military JC this semester and then transfer to USC in January. The Gamecocks didn't have room to add him to their 2013 class. But the Vols did and they moved in on Vickers this week.
"They watched my film and wanted to get me down to take an official visit, and I did that," said Vickers Friday night from the UT campus. "I fell in love with everything. The people are great down here. The facilities are awesome. They are up and coming I think. Everything just fell into place."
Vickers said he contacted USC recruiter Deke Adams and explained the situation. "They understand and they wished me all good luck," he said. "They are a class act. I wanted to do it the right way because they've done everything good for me. They gave me a chance to get looks from a D-1 college and I can't thank them enough for it. I will always have a special place in my heart but I had to do what's best for me and I think I did that."
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Tennessee first noticed Vickers earlier this week while on campus at Havelock to visit Class of 2014 running back Derrell Scott, a major target for the Gamecocks. That meeting set in motion Vickers' visit to Knoxville and his decision to head there to play college football.
Vickers is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports Composite, which factors in all recruiting rankings.