Vickers changes mind, decides to head to Tennessee

Published: Monday, May 27, 2013 at 03:43 PM.

It did not take a full day of touring the University of Tennessee campus and football facilities for Havelock defensive lineman Kendal Vickers to know where he wants to play college football.

Vickers, a 6-foot-3, 240-pounder, who previously committed to South Carolina, took a tour of Tennessee Friday guided by Volunteers’ coaches and made the decision to pledge to Tennessee.

Vickers and his family made the eight-hour drive to Knoxville for the visit before heading to Tallahassee, Fla. to visit other family members.

“It has been crazy. Seeing the facilities here and the stadium and everything, I love it,” Vickers said. “Their brand new weight room really caught my eye and the indoor practice facilities are so nice, as well as the coaches being genuine guys. It is the place for me.”

Vickers had initially pledged to attend South Carolina, but the Gamecocks planned to send the lineman to a junior college before bringing him to the campus. With Tennessee, Vickers will arrive on the Knoxville, Tenn., campus on July 8.

Vickers said that during his tour of Neyland Stadium, he went everywhere, including the press box and even the roof over the press box.

That is where Vickers said he made the decision to commit to new Tennessee head coach Butch Jones.

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