Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) junior Adonis Otey decommitted from Tennessee on Monday.
Otey had committed to the Vols on April 27 while engaging in spring practice with the Blaze.
“I just felt like it was too early (to commit),” said Otey, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back/athlete. “I wanted to open up the recruiting process and didn’t want to be committed when I did.
“I just felt kind of rushed.”
Otey, who transferred back to Blackman after playing his sophomore season at Franklin Road Academy, is expected to start for the Blaze as a wide receiver and defensive back and also could see some time at quarterback, where he worked some during the spring.
He was being recruited as a defensive back and athlete at UT.
The decision wasn’t as much about the Vols as the need to continue exploring his options.
“UT is still near the top of my list,” Otey said. “I just want to go take some other visits, like Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Florida … places like that.”
Otey said he discussed the decision with his family. “They just told me to make a decision that’s right for me.”
247Sports ranks Otey as a four-star athlete. He is the No. 20 cornerback prospect in the nation and No. 14 in the state for the class of 2019.
Prior to committing to Tennessee, Otey had seven FBS offers, including Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Blackman finished 9-4 last season, reaching the Class 6A state quarterfinals before falling to Maryville.