Vols land Palmetto OT

Tennessee pulled in a pledge earlier this evening. The commitment for the Volunteers comes after pulling the trigger on the 6-foot-6, 255-pounder in the past week.
"I just committed to Tennessee not too long ago," Sumter, S.C. offensive lineman Marques Pair said. "I talked to Coach Reaves and Coach Kiffin. They were just ready to get me suited and booted out there on the field.
"They said now that I'm committed a whole lot of other colleges are going to try to offer me. I just have to stay focused and get ready for my senior year and be ready to become a Vol."
Pair pulled the offer last week from Tennessee after camping in Knoxville on June 1st.
"I talked to my parents and my coaches and decided to commit," he said. "Pretty much it was the coaches. I'm used to Coach Reaves since he's from South Carolina. I've gotten to know Coach Kiffin too and after all that I wanted to be a Vol.
"I like Coach Kiffin. He's straight up with you and tells you what you need to know and how to fix it. He's the type of coach I'm looking for."
What else stood out about Tennessee?
"I like the way they produce All-Americans there like Peyton Manning," he said. "They go there and then become successful pros. I think I can go and make it as an All-American and be a first-round draft pick.
"Also, the other main thing was education for athletes and that made it even better."
Pair is the eleventh commitment for the Volunteers in the 2010 recruiting class.