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National Signing Day 2015: Welcome to Tennessee, Quay Picou and Austin Smith!

Tennessee's third defensive tackle commitment, Quay Picou, signed with the Vols today only moments before his friend and teammate, linebacker Austin Smith, inked his letter of intent with the Vols.

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What you need to know

Name Hometown Position Height Weight 247 Composite 247 Position Rank Stars
Quay Picou Buford, GA DT 6-2 271 0.8706 30 3
Austin Smith Buford, GA LB 6-3.5 235 0.8631 42 3

High school teammates and friends, Quay Picou and Austin Smith both committed to the Vols on the same summer day last year. As players on a powerhouse Buford High School team, the duo won the 2014 Georgia football championship, and they aim to bring their winning ways to Knoxville.

Picou is a stout, thick prospect who has clearly been well-coached. While he doesn't possess the most amazing measurables, Picou does a great job of using leverage and angles to dominate against anyone who lines up on the opposite line of scrimmage. With a motor that doesn't quit and a high school career spent playing against the toughest players in Georgia football, Picou will look to immediately throw his hat in the ring at the defensive tackle position.

Smith is a very large linebacker prospect who may grow into a defensive end. As a senior in high school, Smith is already roughly the same size as redshirt senior Curt Maggitt. Although he's not very highly rated, his offer list suggests that he has the ability to grow into a serious SEC-level contributor, with offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and LSU among others. With the Vols beginning to build decent depth at linebacker, Smith may enjoy the luxury of a redshirt year to learn the playbook and become acclimated to the college experience. On the other hand, outside observers have been consistently wrong when trying to predict which Tennessee recruits will have an early impact, so don't sleep on Smith's potential.

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Quay Picou

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