Vols land commitment from dual-sport athlete

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Tennessee landed a dual-sport prospect on Sunday.

Parker Ball of Douglas County (Ga.) High School announced on Twitter he would join the Vols' 2019 recruiting class.

The twist: he plans on playing both football and baseball at UT.

Ball is listed as a six-foot-four, 280-pound offensive lineman. He's also a left-handed pitching prospect and first baseman for his Tigers.


Ball told WVLT the Vols plan on "blue-shirting" him, a process becoming more and more common in college football. Ball would technically come to UT as a preferred walk-on his freshman year, but can be put on full scholarship his sophomore year and it not effect the scholarship cap on the program's recruiting class.

Plus, with a 4.0 GPA and 32 ACT score, Ball can go to Tennessee for free his freshman year.

Ball would not be the only player in the UT football program that would also play baseball. Freshman defensive back Trevon Flowers indicated in February he would also want to play both sports.