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November 8, 2009

Pair All Vol, and the Commitment Round-Up

Sumter, South Carolina offensive lineman Marques Pair has been committed to Tennessee since the Summer, but Saturday he realized why he made that choice.

"I was real impressed by the atmosphere," Pair said of his official visit to Knoxville. "It was amazing. The way the fans treated the players was just off the wall. Man, it was just a great visit overall."

Pair was one of two official visitors over the weekend and he was blown away by the Big Orange faithful who showed Pair love before and after the game.

"Fans recognized me," Pair said. "It was like I was already playing there. It surprised that they knew who I was and I'm just in high school. It makes me feel more comfortable with everything. I can just come up there and play football."

Outside of the fan fair that came with Pair's official visit, he was really happy to get a chance to see the University from an academic side.

"We went over the academics stuff," Pair said. "We went on a campus tour and just got to see all that's involved with being a student athlete there. I'm pumped for next year."

Pair and his Sumter team are 9-2 on the season as the playoffs rapidly approach. It's been a great run down the home stretch of the season for a team that is playing balanced.

"At first we were struggling," Pair said. "But we become a family and gelled together. It's been smooth sailing since then. We've held each other accountable. Defensively we are really good against the run. Offensively, we run the spread and we are really balanced."

A quiet guy off the field, Pair doesn't do a lot of talking on the field either.

"I get my team fired up and my offensive line fired up, but I don't do a lot of talking," Pair said. "I let my play do the talking."

Sumter lost in the state championship game last season to a Byrnes team that has fellow Vol commitments Corey Miller and Brandon Willis. That matchup is possible during the third round of this year's playoffs. It's a potential matchup that would feature three future Vols.

"We have to play our hardest," Pair said. "It's going to be the team that makes the least mistakes. If we make it to that game, we just have to play it one play at a time."

Pair and the Byrnes duo have become friends during the past year and they have a lot of Palmetto pride about their future in orange.

"We've talked about it," Pair said. "We are all excited about it and we are all comfortable with each other and the players there."

The Class of 2010
((Image)) Ken Adams
Tight End
6-foot-5, 240 pounds
Copiah-Lincoln, Wesson, Miss.

Adams' season is over and he is preparing to be in Knoxville in January.

Markeith Ambles
Wide Receiver
6-foot-2, 182 pounds
Henry County High School, McDonough, Ga..

Ambles caught a seven yard touchdown pass in a 35-21 win over Monticello. Next up is the first round of the playoffs against Thomasville.

Tyler Bray
6-foot-6, 187 pounds
Kingburg High School, Kingburg, Calif.

Bray led his team to a league championship by going 15-27 for 297 yards and five touchdowns in a 50-13 win over Exeter. Next up is Selma.

Rissean Broussard
Defensive tackle
6-foot-2, 289 pounds
LaGrange High School, Lake Charles, La.

Broussard and LaGrange beat Washington 33-13. Next up is Hahnville.

John Brown
Defensive tackle
6-foot-2, 285 pounds
Northeast Mississippi CC, Booneville, Miss..

Brown's season is over.

J.C. Copeland
Defensive end
6-foot-2, 240 pounds
Troup High School, LaGrange, Ga.

Copeland had three tackles and a sack in a 42-0 loss. Next up is Waco.

Channing Fugate
6-foot-2, 225 pounds
Breathitt High School, Jackson, Ky.

Fugate had 141 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns in a 26-0 win over Wayne County. Next up is Gerrad.

Zach Fulton
Offensive guard
6-foot-4, 306 pounds
Homewood Flossmoor High School, Homewood, Ill.

Fulton's senior season is over.

Pat Harris
Defensive tackle
6-foot-5, 295 pounds
Chabot CC, Haywood, Calif.

Harris couldn't be reached for an update this weekend.

Delvin Jones
6-foot-6, 230 pounds
Miami Palmetto High School, Miami, Fla..

Jones and Palmetto defeated Killian 34-0. Next up is Miami

Jose Jose
Offensive lineman
6-foot-2, 355 pounds
Miami Central High School, Miami, Fla..

Jose and Miami Central beat Hialeah Miami Lakes 52-6. Next up is Washington.

Ted Meline
6-foot-2, 171 pounds
North Miami High School, Miami, Fla.

Meline and North Miami lost 23-10 to Krop. Next up is Hialeah.

Corey Miller
Defensive end
6-foot-4, 227 pounds
Byrnes High School, Duncan, S.C.

Miller had five tackles and two sacks in a 53-0 win over Boiling Springs. Next up is the first round of the playoffs.

Matt Milton
Wide receiver
6-foot-6, 192 pounds
Mascoutah High School, Mascoutah, Ill.

Milton's season is over.

Marques Pair
Offensive tackle
6-foot-6, 255 pounds
Sumter High School, Sumter, S.c.

Pair and Sumter won their ninth consecutive game with a 35-13 win over Hartsville. Next up is the first round of the playoffs.

Michael Palardy
6-foot-0, 170 pounds
St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Palardy knocked home a field goal and made five extra points in a 51-7 win over South Broward. Next up is Cypress Bay.

Jacques Smith
Defensive end
6-foot-3, 225 pounds
Ooltewah High School, Ooltewah, Tenn.

Smith was suspended for Friday's loss to Farragut. His season is over.

Michael Taylor
6-foot-1, 205 pounds
Westlake High School, Atlanta, Ga.

Taylor collected 25 tackles in a 20-14 loss to Chapel Hill. Next up is Colquitt County.

Brandon Willis
Defensive end
6-foot-4, 250 pounds
Byrnes High School, Duncan, S.C.

Willis had five tackles with three for loss in a 53-0 win over Boiling Springs. Next up is the first round of the playoffs.

Ralph Williams
6-foot-1, 210 pounds
Gulliver Prep High School, Miami, Fla.

Williams was not available to update his stats.

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