KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee football program wrapped up the Early Signing Period in style on Friday night when the top prospect in the state of North Carolina, Quavaris Crouch, signed with the Vols.
Crouch racked up 51 tackles and 14 sacks in 2017, while also rushing for 3,246 yards and 33 touchdowns at Harding University High School in Charlotte, N.C. His senior season was cut short due to injury in 2018.
The 6-3, 230-pounder helped lead Harding to the state championship in 2017 and was selected to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl.
“Quavaris is a winner,” Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt said. “He is a leader. He is a guy that can play all four linebacker positions. He is a guy that can help change the program. We are very excited to have him.”
The signing of Crouch gives the Vols 19 signees for the 2019 class.
He is the second member of the 2019 class from North Carolina, joining defensive back Tyus Fields (Cornelius, N.C. / Hough High School).
Crouch is also the third All-American Bowl participant among the Big Orange, joining running back Eric Gray (Memphis / Lausanne Collegiate School) and wide receiver Ramel Keyton (Marietta, Ga. / Marietta High School).
The All-American Bowl will be played on Jan. 5 in San Antonio.
Friday wrapped up the three-day Early Signing Period. The Vols will sign several more prospects on National Signing Day on Feb 6.