Anniston High grad Blair chooses Vols
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
Oct 08, 2013 | 2586 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Anniston High offensive tackle Dontavius Blair, the nation’s No. 4 overall junior college prospect, has committed to Tennessee.

Blair announced his decision in a post on Twitter on Tuesday night.

“Just called my future head coach and the coaching (staff) and told them I’m all in!!!!!” he tweeted. “My next school will be the University of Tennessee!!!”

Blair chose Tennessee over offers from Auburn, Texas A&M and Florida State and Ole Miss, where he took his last official visit. He said by telephone Tuesday night his decision came down to Tennessee and Texas A&M.

“When I went there to (Tennessee) this summer, it just felt like home,” Blair said.

Blair, a former teammate of current Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall at Garden City (Kan.) Community College, said Tennessee was his second offer. He took other visits but said Tennessee was always his leader.

“I just took it in with my family, and they said my decision was their decision,” he said.

The 6-foot-8, 306-pound Blair is in his sophomore season at Garden City. He expects to step in and play immediately at Tennessee, which could lose all five offensive line starters after this season.

Blair was a first-team Class 4A all-state choice as a senior at Anniston, grading out at 93 percent. He paved the way for running back Troymaine Pope to finish as the state’s leading rusher with 2,539 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior.

Sports columnist Joe Medley: 256-235-3576, jmedley@annistonstar.com. On Twitter @jmedley_star.
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