The Tennessee Vols landed a commitment from 2020 three-star defensive lineman Jimari Butler on Friday afternoon.

Butler, 6-foot-5/218 lbs from Mobile, AL, committed to the Vols over offers from Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, Ole Miss and TCU.

The Alabama native is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 37 player in the state of Alabama and the No. 40 weak-side defensive end in the nation.

So what led Butler to commit to the Vols on Friday?

Well, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Tennessee’s incredible fan base had a lot to do with Butler’s decision.

Butler told VolQuest after committing that UT’s fans “show so much love”, adding “Neyland was amazing….I watched the fans and the atmosphere and it felt like home to me.”

The Vols’ latest commit also mentioned that his close relationship with UT wide receivers coach Tee Martin, who is also a Mobile native, contributed to his decision.

Tennessee now has 18 commits to their 2020 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 20 in 247Sports’ updated team rankings.

Featured image via Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

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