KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Derek Dooley has picked up his eighth commitment for the class of 2013--and he didn't have to go very far to get it.
Moments after getting an offer by the Vols, Christian Academy of Knoxville offensive lineman Brett Kendrick accepted it.
"I really didn't know what to say when they told me they were going to offer me. I was just so excited," Kendrick told WVLT.
"My mom started crying. It was just a big shock."
"Tennessee got a steal," CAK head coach Rusty Bradley said.
Bradley describes Kendrick as "explosive," with "all the ability in the world."
As of Saturday afternoon, Arkansas State is the only other division one school to offer the 6'5", 295 pound Kendrick. However, Bradley really hasn't logged that many minutes on the high school level.
Because of an injury, Kendrick didn't play football when he was a freshman. He then had to sit out his sophomore year after transferring from Grace Christian to CAK.
"I feel like I have been under the radar. Most coaches are like, 'oh who is this kid? I heard he's good.' But they haven't really heard much about me. I've been told I'm pretty athletic and I think I have the work ethic to play too," Kendrick said.
Kendrick is the second offensive lineman to commit to the Vols for the 2013 signing class. Tennessee also has a commitment from Bradley Central's Austin Sanders.