Four-star safety Jaylen McCollough commits to Tennessee

Photo: Ryan Callahan, 247Sports

Tennessee football‘s 2019 recruiting class now has 19 members.

Safety Jaylen McCollough announced Friday morning that he committed to Tennessee, which gave him his first offer more than two years ago.

“To start off, I would like to thank God for blessing my family and I with the opportunity to further my academic and athletic career at the next level,” McCollough wrote on Twitter. “Secondly I would like to thank all my close friends and family for supporting me throughout this recruitment process. Next I would like to thank all my coaches for pushing me to become a better man and a better player. I would also like to thank the Hillgrove community for its support these past four years. Lastly I am very thankful for all the schools who recruited me during this process. With that being said I Am Officially Committed To The University Of Tennessee.”

The four-star prospect from Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove picked UT over finalists South Carolina, Alabama and Auburn.

The 6-foot, 194-pound McCollough is ranked as the No. 10 safety prospect in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite. He is the No. 131 overall player and No. 15 prospect in Georgia.

McCollough landed an offer from former UT coach Butch Jones and his staff in March 2016 to mark the first of his recruitment. More than 20 schools followed in the two-plus years since, including Florida State, Georgia Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

New Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt maintained the pursuit of the physical safety, who picked the Vols at a pep rally at Hillgrove before his senior season starts Friday night.

McCollough is the 19th commitment in the 2019 class and the fourth defensive back in the class, which ranks No. 11 in the 247Sports Composite and fifth in the SEC.

He also is the eighth prospect from Georgia committed to Tennessee.

For more, the Knoxville News-Sentinel

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