Apr 12, 2014; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones runs onto the field during the orange and white spring game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Oliver commits to Tennessee: Volunteers land 3-star tight end

The Tennessee Volunteers ended the weekend on a high note, landing a commitment from 3-star tight end Kyle Oliver on Sunday.

Oliver was offered by the Volunteers last week and took an unofficial visit to Knoxville to check out the Volunteers’ campus over the weekend.

“I’ve just been talking to my family and my coaches about it, just looking into how I would fit there, and I felt like it was the right thing to do,” said Oliver via Ryan Callahan of 24/7 Sports.

“I had a feeling (after Saturday’s visit) that I was (leaning toward Tennessee). I didn’t know I was going to (commit) this early, but I felt like now was the right time.”

The 6’5, 228-pound Oliver is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee and attends Oakland High School. He cited proximity to home as one of of the reasons he chose the Volunteers. Oliver is ranked as the country’s 20th-best tight end prospect, the 17th-best overall prospect in the state of Tennessee and the 573rd-best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

Oliver, who named the Louisville Cardinals as his leader after receiving an offer back in May and camped with the Florida State Seminoles just over a week ago, also holds offers from the Kentucky Wildcats, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Purdue Boilermakers and Vanderbilt Commodores, among others.

Oliver becomes the 18th-commitment to give their pledge to the Volunteers. Their class, which ranks seventh nationally and fifth in the SEC, is headlined by 5-star wide receiver Preston Williams.

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