Tennessee continues to stockpile its 2014 recruiting class with talented prospects, assembling one of the country's top-ranked groups. The Volunteers picked up a pair of promising defenders Sunday, securing commitments from Jakob Johnson and Owen Williams, per 247Sports.
Both players created a verbal pact with the Volunteers in the aftermath of a loss to SEC foe Missouri. They were each in attendance Saturday and spent the weekend on campus.
The prospects, who took different paths to Knoxville, add immediate depth to the next year's defensive unit.
Johnson, a 4-star recruit, ranks among the top linebackers in Florida. The Jean Ribault High School (Jacksonville) standout also holds offers from UCF, Tulane and Wisconsin.
He brings elite size to Tennessee's linebacker corps. The 6'3.5", 236-pound defender is likely to line up inside at the collegiate level.
Johnson is listed as the nation's No. 19 inside linebacker prospect in 247Sports composite rankings. He joins a Volunteers recruiting class that already features 4-star linebackers Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), Gavin Bryant (Jackson, Ala.), Chris Weatherd (Austin, Texas) and Kevin Mouhon (Norcross, Ga.).
His addition creates an increasing log jam at the position. The Volunteers' class now features 33 total commits, so competition across the board is a certainty.
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Williams, a 3-star recruit, is a junior college product. The 6'1", 280-pound defensive tackle currently plays for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan.
He initially committed to Texas Tech in October. However, his intentions flipped to Tennessee during the visit.
Williams is ranked the 20th-best JUCO defensive tackle by 247Sports. He has 39 tackles, including 14.5 for loss, and seven sacks this season, according to the Butler team website.
Butch Jones has been relentless on the recruiting trail during this cycle. Tennessee's class is currently ranked second nationally by 247Sports.