NCF On The Trail: Kameel Jackson

Berry twins commit to Tennessee

November, 4, 2013
Despite losing 31-3 to Missouri on Saturday, Tennessee secured commitments from twin brothers Evan and Elliot Berry (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) on Monday. The brothers chose Tennessee over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina.

The Berry twins are younger brothers of former Tennessee All-American and current Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry. Their father, James Berry, was a running back for Tennessee from 1978 to 1981.

Evan, a 5-foot-11, 194-pound athlete, announced his decision via Twitter.
Committed to UT this morning

— Evan Berry (@aSuperManDoe) November 4, 2013

Evan is the No. 290-ranked player in the country and is being recruited by Tennessee to play on either side of the ball -- though his preference is offense.

Elliot, a 6-foot, 193-pound athlete, is being recruited as an outside linebacker for the Volunteers.

For Tennessee, their fourth-ranked recruiting class gets even stronger. The Vols now have 29 verbal commitments including 11 that are ranked in the ESPN 300. All 25 high school commits are ranked three-star prospects or higher. The remaining four commitments are from junior college players.

With Elliot in the fold, Tennessee now has six linebacker commitments.

The news of the Berry twins commitments couldn’t have come at a better time for Tennessee. The Vols lost a commitment Sunday night from junior college wide receiver Kameel Jackson (Arlington, Texas/Blinn College).
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Vols add junior college DT Lambert

August, 13, 2013
The Tennesee Volunteers continue to be one of the hottest teams in recruiting.

The Vols landed commitment No. 24 on Tuesday from junior college defensive tackle DaVonte Lambert (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military).

The 6-foot-2, 275-pound interior defensive lineman chose the Vols over offers from Florida, Auburn, Miami and Georgia, among others. Lambert announced his decision via Twitter and later confirmed his decision via text message.

The SEC is known for having big physical linemen on both sides of the ball. With Lambert's size and athleticism, he should help contribute early in his career in Knoxville.

Lambert becomes the fourth junior-college prospect to commit to the Vols, joining wide receiver Kameel Jackson (Arlington, Texas/Blinn College), outside linebacker Chris Weatherd (Carrolton, Texas/Trinity Valley CC) and wide receiver Eric Lauderdale (Fayetteville, Ga./Saddleback College)

Tennessee, which holds the No. 3-ranked class in the country, has 10 commitments in the ESPN 300 and 11 commits ranked as four-stars.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

May, 3, 2013
Florida State
Alec Eberle | OG |Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee
HT: 6-4 WT: 271
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

N.C. State
Michael Till |TE-Y |Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise
HT: 6-5 WT: 260
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

North Carolina
Brandon Fritts |TE-H |Mentor, Ohio/Mentor
HT: 6-4 WT: 210
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Connor Hayes |OG |Traverse City, Mich./West
HT: 6-4 WT: 270
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia Tech
Travon McMillian |ATH |Woodbridge, Va./Hylton
HT: 5-11 WT: 186
Position Rank: #41 ATH
Stars: 4

Big 12
Josh Pelzel |OT |Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale
HT: 6-7 WT: 334
Position Rank: #31 OT
Stars: 3

Chad President |ATH |Temple, Texas/Temple
HT: 6-3 WT: 195
Class of 2015

Kansas State
Sam Sizelove | OLB | Argyle, Texas/Argyle
HT: 6-2 WT: 229
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas Tech
Derrick Neal | ATH | Dallas/Lincoln
HT: 5-10 WT: 155
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big East
Peter Mokwuah | DT | Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph By The Sea
HT: 6-4 WT: 304
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Chayce Crouch | QB-PP | Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic
HT: 6-4 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Juwann Bushell-Beatty | OT | Paramus, N.J./Catholic
HT: 6-7 WT: 330
Position Rank: #10 OT
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (120)
Under Armour All-American

Dimonic McKinzy | ATH | Kansas City, Kan./Wyandotte
HT: 6-0 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Steven Richardson | DT | Chicago/Mount Carmel
HT: 5-11 WT: 280
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Arizona State
Avery Anderson | ATH | Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 166
Class of 2015

Morgan Mahalak | QB-PP | Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Christian McCaffrey | ATH | Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian
HT: 6-0 WT: 195
Position Rank: #34 ATH
Stars: 4

Michael Wyche | DT | Monterey Park, Calif./East Los Angeles College
HT: 6-4 WT: 325
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Marcus Griffin | DT | Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue
HT: 6-3 WT: 285
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Sony Michel | RB | Plantation, Fla./American Heritage
HT: 5-11 WT: 194
Position Rank: #2 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (16)

Tymere Dubose | DT | Youngstown, Ohio/Youngstown Christian
HT: 6-5 WT: 245
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Darryl Long | TE-Y | Westerville, Ohio/Westerville
HT: 6-5 WT: 217
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Thomas Richard | WR | Nashville, Tenn./Chris Presbyterian
HT: 6-0 WT: 181
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Carolina
Kalan Ritchie |TE-Y |Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek
HT: 6-6 WT: 226
Position Rank: #10 TE-Y
Stars: 3

Orlando Brown Jr. |OT |Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge
HT: 6-8 WT: 348
Position Rank: #25 OT
Stars: 3

Kameel Jackson |WR |Arlington, Texas/Blinn College
HT: 6-0 WT: 200
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mikale Wilbon |RB |Chicago/De La Salle
HT: 5-9 WT: 186
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Independents / Misc.
Boise State
Greg Gaines |DT |La Habra, Calif./La Habra
HT: 6-1 WT: 297
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Notre Dame
Elijah Hood |RB |Charlotte, N.C./Catholic
HT: 6-0 WT: 220
Position Rank: #8 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (49)

Quenton Nelson |OG |Red Bank, N.J./Catholic
HT: 6-5 WT: 289
Position Rank: #19 OG
Stars: 4

WR Johnson to join teammate with Vols 

April, 29, 2013
In a day and age when most prospects believe they deserve loads of college attention, Jonathan Johnson said he was truly surprised to receive a scholarship offer from Tennessee.

There were likely some surprised in Tennessee's recruiting office as well. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound receiver wasn't on many the radar of too many schools when he was catching passes at Blinn (Texas) College. Fortunately, his teammate Kameel Jackson was very much on the Volunteers radar. Jackson, along with Johnson, committed to Tennessee over the weekend after a visit from Vols receivers coach Zach Azzanni.

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Former Sooner set to join Vols

April, 28, 2013
Blinn College (Brenham, Texas) wide receiver Kameel Jackson has committed to Tennessee's Class of 2014, multiple sources report.

The Arlington, Texas, native originally signed with Oklahoma in 2011 as a four-star prospect out of Houston's Sam Houston High School. At that time, ESPN said of Jackson: "He is tough, catches the ball in a crowd, can be a red-zone factor and is very well schooled in the return game. He has a chance to be a very competent wide receiver at the BCS level and could be used in the slot or on the outside."

The 6-foot, 200-pound Jackson left Oklahoma after seeing some action as a freshman and briefly attended Louisiana-Monroe before ending up at Blinn.

Tennessee's Class, ranked seventh nationally by ESPN, now has 11 pledges.