Signing Day 2017: DT Kivon Bennett, Tennessee football

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Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel give the latest recruiting updates on National Signing Day. Angela Gosnell/News Sentinel

2017 University of Tennessee football recruit(Photo: The Tennessean)

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KIVON BENNETT 

Basics: 6-2, 280, DT

School: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Key stat: MVP of GEICO State Champions Bowl Series with five tackles, two forced fumbles.

Also considered: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Notre Dame

Impact: Bennett will push for early playing time at a position of need. He is the son of former Alabama linebacker great Cornelius Bennett, a two-time AFC Defensive Player of the Year with the Buffalo Bills.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSVIDEO: Scenes from the UT Football Recruiting Announcement Event | 1:14

Scenes from the UT Football Recruiting Announcement Event

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSUT coach Butch Jones visits Nashville after Signing Day | 0:48

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones talks with fans about Signing Day at Nissan Stadium. Shelley Mays/The Tennessean

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSBob Shoop: New recruits will mix well with returning players | 1:21

Tennessee's defensive coordinator thinks new recruits will mix well with returning players. Mike Strange/News Sentinel

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSButch Jones: I'm ecstatic about Josh Palmer | 1:18

Butch Jones describes how Tennessee addressed needs with this recruiting class. Mike Strange/News Sentinel

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSTennesseee's 2017 signing class | 1:14

Butch Jones talks about all the people who contribute to Tennessee's signing class. Mike Strange/News Sentinel

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Kivon Bennett | 1:01

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel give the latest recruiting updates on National Signing Day. Angela Gosnell/News Sentinel

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Will Ignont | 0:54

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Will Ignont.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Theo Jackson | 0:48

Ryan Callahan of GoVols247 and Rhiannon Potkey of the News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Theo Jackson.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Brent Cimaglia | 0:54

Ryan Callahan of GoVols247 and Rhiannon Potkey of the News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Brent Cimaglia.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Trey Coleman | 0:36

Ryan Callahan of GoVols247 and Rhiannon Potkey of the News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Trey Coleman.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day – Marquez Bembry | 0:53

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Marquez Bembry.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Jordan Murphy | 1:17

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Jordan Murphy.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Jacquez Jones | 0:41

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Jacquez Jones.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Timothy Jordan | 1:55

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Timothy Jordan.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – K'Rojhn Calbert | 1:06

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee K'Rojhn Calbert.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – LaTrell Bumphus | 0:46

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee LaTrell Bumphus.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Ty Chandler | 1:39

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Ty Chandler.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Eric Crosby | 1:09

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Eric Crosby.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Ryan Thaxton | 0:48

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Ryan Thaxton.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Maleik Gray | 0:50

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Maleik Gray.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Terrell Bailey | 0:49

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Terrell Bailey.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – James Brown | 1:26

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee James Brown.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Cheyenne Labruzza | 2:21

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Cheyenne Labruzza.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Josh Palmer | 1:12

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discusses Tennessee football signee Josh Palmer.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Solon Page III | 0:51

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee football signee Solon Page III.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Shawn Shamburger | 0:55

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee signee Shawn Shamburger.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Matthew Butler | 1:11

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee signee Matthew Butler.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Trey Smith | 0:55

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel talk about Tennessee early enrollee Trey Smith.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Will McBride | 1:15

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee early enrollee Will McBride.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Shanon Reid | 0:42

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee early enrollee Shanon Reid.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Riley Locklear | 1:00

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee early enrollee Riley Locklear.

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VIDEOS: 2017 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASSNational Signing Day 2017 – Deandre Johnson | 1:15

Ryan Callahan of 247Sports and Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel discuss Tennessee early enrollee Deandre Johnson.

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  • VIDEO: Scenes from the UT Football Recruiting Announcement Event
  • UT coach Butch Jones visits Nashville after Signing Day
  • Bob Shoop: New recruits will mix well with returning players
  • Butch Jones: I'm ecstatic about Josh Palmer
  • Tennesseee's 2017 signing class
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Kivon Bennett
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Will Ignont
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Theo Jackson
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Brent Cimaglia
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Trey Coleman
  • National Signing Day – Marquez Bembry
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Jordan Murphy
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Jacquez Jones
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Timothy Jordan
  • National Signing Day 2017 – K'Rojhn Calbert
  • National Signing Day 2017 – LaTrell Bumphus
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Ty Chandler
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Eric Crosby
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Ryan Thaxton
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Maleik Gray
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Terrell Bailey
  • National Signing Day 2017 – James Brown
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Cheyenne Labruzza
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Josh Palmer
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Solon Page III
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Shawn Shamburger
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Matthew Butler
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Trey Smith
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Will McBride
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Shanon Reid
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Riley Locklear
  • National Signing Day 2017 – Deandre Johnson

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Montgomery Bell Academy running back Ty Chandler is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  George Walker IV / The Tennessean University School of Jackson offensive lineman Trey Smith (73) is a 2017 Tennessee signee.  C.B. SCHMELTER/The Jackson Sun Defensive back Maleik Gray of LaVergne High School is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  Tom Beckwith/The Tennessean Running back Timothy Jordan of Bartow (Fla.) High School is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  Lakeland Ledger Overton defensive back Theo Jackson (5) is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  Michael Murphy / The Tennessean Page kicker Brent Cimaglia is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  File / The Tennessean West Monroe, La., athlete Trey Coleman is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  TOM MORRIS/The News-Star Hattiesburg, Miss., wide receiver Jordan Murphy (center) is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  Susan Broadbridge/Hattiesburg American Receiver Jacquez Jones (5) of Clearwater, Fla., High School is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  Jim Damaske, TAMPA BAY TIMES Hardin County High School defensive end LaTrell Bumphus (23) of Savannah, Tenn., is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  C.B. SCHMELTER/The Jackson Sun Ocean Lakes High School defensive lineman Eric Crosby of Virginia Beach, Va., is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  Stephen M. Katz, The Virginian-Pilot St. Thomas Aquinas High School senior Josh Palmer of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  Tom Martinez Kell High School linebacker Solon Page (3) of Marietta., Ga., is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  Jason Getz / Atlanta Journal-Constitution Colquitt County, Ga., cornerback Shawn Shamburger is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  Connie Southwell / Moultrie Observer Defensive tackle Matthew Butler of Garner, N.C., High School is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  GoVols247 Southridge High School defensive back Deandre Johnson of Miami, Fla., is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  Andrew Ivins/247Sports Buckhorn High School linebacker Will Ignont of New Market, Ala., is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  GoVols247 Marquez Bembry  FILE Warren County High School offensive lineman K‘Rojhn Calbert is a 2017 Tennessee football signee.  GoVols247 Ryan Thaxton  247Sports Terrell Bailey  247sports James Brown  247Sports Cheyenne Labruzza  Shae Dixon / 247Sports Kivon Bennett  247sports Will McBride  247Sports Riley Locklear  247Sports Shanon Reid  247Sports

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