East Tennessee Commits Josh Smith and Malik Foreman Sign With Vols

As expected, wide receiver Josh Smith and athlete Malik Foreman are inked. On a personal note, my store is barely a half mile from Dobyns-Bennett, and we advertised on their radio broadcasts all season, so I took a special interest in Foreman and DB. He's real, and Vols fans should be excited about him. Smith, too, I'm sure.

JOSH SMITH 6-1, 190 WIDE RECEIVER KNOXVILLE, TN (CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF KNOXVILLE)

Chose UT over: Arkansas, Cincinnati

RATINGS: 247 three stars; Rivals three stars; Scout two stars; ESPN three stars

QUICK LOOK: Just how much did the previous staff love Smith when he camped at Tennessee back in the summer? So much that when the coaching staff was let go, Darin Hinshaw [who landed at Cincinnati] and Jim Chaney [who landed at Arkansas] extended offers to the local boy to come to their new schools. Smith blistered UGA cornerback commitment Brendan Langley multiple times back at that camp, and despite getting injured during his senior season, was Charlie High's top target on a state champion CAK team. Smith has skills, and he has the work ethic to excel. That wide receiving corps at UT will be tough to crack, but Smith seems ready to compete.

MALIK FOREMAN 5-10, 170 CORNERBACK KINGSPORT, TN (DOBYNS-BENNETT HS)

Chose UT over: Vanderbilt, MTSU, Kentucky

RATINGS: 247 three stars; Rivals three stars; Scout two stars; ESPN three stars

QUICK LOOK: A little more than a year ago, I saw Foreman's film and wanted UT to offer on the spot. When he committed to Vanderbilt this year without any major offers, I was puzzled and disappointed. However, it didn't take long for the new staff to see his film and his talent and swoop in to offer him a scholarship. After a visit and a grayshirt offer to his buddy Devaun Swafford, UT was able to flip him from James Franklin and the Commodores, and Foreman instantly became one of my favorite players in this class. He possesses great ball skills and game speed, and it will be fun to watch him in orange.

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