The Tennessee Volunteers’ defensive line class for the 2018 recruiting cycle just got stronger after defensive end Dorian Gerald pledged his commitment to the Vols on Thursday.

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Gerald is the No. 2 JUCO defensive end in his class, and he is the No. 9 overall JUCO player according to 247Sports.

The 6’3, 260-pound prospect is originally from Florence, South Carolina, and he is currently a rising sophomore at College of the Canyons in California.

In May, Gerald listed 12 schools he was considering. They included Texas A&M, Louisville, South Carolina, Florida State, Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, Syracuse, Georgia, N.C. State, LSU and Tennessee.

South Carolina was the biggest competitor for Butch Jones and the Vols in the recruiting process.

Gerald visited Tennessee on June 7.

Tennessee now has 16 commitments for the Class of 2018, and five of those are defensive linemen.

(h/t SEC Country)

No. 2 JUCO DE Dorian Gerald has officially chosen his ‘home away from home’ @TopNotchDG/Twitter
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