Linebacker Kenneth Bynum from Raines High School in Jacksonville, Fla., signed with Tennessee on Wednesday.
Bynum, who is the 22nd member of Tennessee’s 2012 class, had originally committed to Cincinnati but decided to reevaluate his options when he received an offer from Tennessee the day before National Signing Day.
It was an unexpected offer.
“People said I wasn’t fast enough to land an SEC offer,” Bynum said. “I was basically doubting myself that I would land an SEC offer. But it ended up happening and I think it happened for a reason.”
Tennessee had a reason to offer Bynum. The Vols saw two linebacker commits – Otha Peters (Arkansas) and Dalton Santos (Texas) – decide to sign elsewhere less than a week before signing day.
Bynum is the third linebacker to sign with Tennessee’s 2012 class, joining Justin King from Dunwoody, Ga., and LaTroy Lewis from Akron, Ohio.