Wharton staying home

Vic Wharton

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Tennessee and new headman Butch Jones got a Christmas gift in the form of their first commitment of the 2014 class.

Independence (Tenn.) High School prospect Vic Wharton gave his pledge to the Volunteers on Christmas Day with a tweet to the free world.

"I would like to announce that I have committed to play football at The University of Tennessee," Wharton said Tuesday.

Wharton, who recently transferred to Independence (Tenn.) High School from Christ Presbyterian Academy for his junior season is teammates with fellow Class of 2014 target RaShaan Gaulden.

Wharton, a 5-foot-11, 170 pounder, was heavily recruited by Jones and his staff at Cincinnati and was reportedly their No. 1 prospect for the 2014 class. The Thompson's Station, Tenn., native also had offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

As a junior, Wharton finished his 2012 campaign with 399 yards passing and four touchdowns, 330 yards rushing with three touchdowns and 330 yards receiving and four touchdowns. On defense he racked up 43 tackles, five passes defended, two interceptions and two blocked field goals. He added 655 return yards.

As a sophomore, Wharton rushed for 627 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore. He had 300 receiving yards and three touchdown catches. He made 18 tackles at defensive back, two sacks, and two fumble recoveries. He averaged 24.9 yards-per-return of kickoffs and 11.6 yards-per-return on punts. Wharton also had two passing touchdowns. He was named First Team All-State (3A TSSAA) as an athlete.

Wharton will not be taking interviews today, but you can see this video interview with InsideTennessee.com following his trip to Tennessee this summer:

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