DaVonte Lambert Commits to Tennessee: Vols Land No. 1 JUCO DE

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIAugust 13, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

To say Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers have been impressive on the 2014 recruiting trail would be a huge understatement. To that point, Coach Jones and the Vols just landed another commitment.

JUCO defensive end DaVonte Lambert has committed to Tennessee. He tweeted his commitment out to his followers on Tuesday: 

I Know Everyone Been Waiting, But I Am Officially Committing To The University Of Tennesee ! #GBO #VFL #VolNation

— DaVonte Lambert ™ (@DaLamb89) August 13, 2013

On the surface alone, just by the numbers, this is a big commitment for Tennessee.

First off, the Vols are getting a player who's 6'3'', 275 pounds, and he'll have JUCO experience under his belt. The one really underrated aspect of JUCO players is that they tend to be more physically and mentally ready for the jump to college, so keep that in mind here.

Off of measurables alone, Lambert is impressive, but take a look at his rankings as well. 

According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Lambert is the No. 8 JUCO player and the No. 1 strong-side defensive end. He's also the No. 1 JUCO player from the state of Georgia, a state that produces some incredible college football talent, mind you. 

His highlights are equally impressive. 

He's obviously extremely strong, as he gets a great push off of the line. Lambert does an excellent job of exploding out of his stance and punching his hands into the blocker's chest plate. He then extends, gets low for good leverage and drives his feet. He has a great bull rush.

That said, Tennessee is getting a kid who has quick feet and can move, for as big as he is. He can get down the line of scrimmage to make a play, or stretch out, keep outside leverage and set the edge.

Lambert will demand double-teams because of his size and strength, and while he may not be a true edge-rusher, he'll be able to get after the quarterback.

Tennessee could use him inside as a 3-technique or outside as a defensive end. He'll cause a ton of trouble for opposing offensive linemen, and he truly does have star potential.

With the addition of Lambert, Tennessee's 2014 class features 24 commitments. It's easily one of the best classes in the nation at this point, so Volunteers fans have plenty to be excited about.

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