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No. 1 in-state prospect in 2016 class commits to Vols

Daniel Bituli, a 4-star linebacker out of Nashville, committed to the Vols on Saturday afternoon, giving Tennessee their 13th commitment in the 2016 class.

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The Tennessee Volunteers have made a habit of locking up the most talented recruits in the state of Tennessee since Butch Jones took over as head coach in December of 2012. The 2016 class is proving to be no different in that regard.

Daniel Bituli, a 4-star linebacker from Nashville, announced via Twitter on Saturday afternoon that he has committed to the Vols for the class of 2016. Bituli, the 14th best linebacker in the country according to the 247Sports composite rankings, holds offers from Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, and Florida among others. Bituli was on an unofficial visit to Tennessee's campus Saturday when he tweeted out the news.

At Nashville Christian School, Bituli plays both linebacker and running back, piling up 61 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception last season on defense while running the ball 90 times for 619 yards and 19 touchdowns on offense (according to Max Preps).

At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Bituli has an athletic frame and has shown that athleticism in high school by playing on both sides of the ball. Bituli is the second linebacker to commit to the Vols in the 2016 class, joining fellow in-state linebacker Tim Hart in the class.

Bituli's commitment marks the third straight year that the Vols have secured a commitment from the top ranked player in the state of Tennessee. Bituli joins defensive end Kyle Phillips from the 2015 class and running back Jalen Hurd from the 2014 class as the highest-rated player in the state of Tennessee to commit to the Vols over the last three seasons.